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State of Hemp: Update on US Legislation

Posted on April 29, 2014
US Pro Hemp States Map

In the wake of the passing of the 2014 US Farm Bill in January there has been, as predicted, a further green wave of pro hemp legislation passed and hemp research activity announced. While there is great activity, how this shapes out is anyone’s guess. Several states are positioned to conduct hemp research. To date, only Kentucky and Hawaii have announced specific research programs. While recognizing that there are valid obstacles, questions, and legal gray areas, much comes down to political courage, leadership and vision.

States Poised to Take Advantage of US Farm Bill

Posted on February 15, 2014
States Poised to Take Advantage of US Farm Bill

The new US Farm Bill signed last week by President Obama has a provision for the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes at the state level. This provision will be in effect for the next five years. The provision builds on years of lobbying efforts by activists, advocates, hemp business and farming associations and the championship of the bills by elected representatives at the state and federal level.

US Farm Bill to Greenlight Hemp Research

Posted on January 31, 2014
Farm Bill

The US Farm Bill passed Wednesday, January 29th by a 251-166 vote in the US House of Representatives.The Senate is expected to vote on this bill on Monday, February 3rd. The new legislation allows colleges, universities, and state agriculture departments to grow hemp. Because of a notwithstanding clause, this research is not to subject to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or the oversight of the DEA. Federal hemp licenses would not be required.

Vote Hemp Encourages Support for Proposed Amendment by Senator Wyden on Industrial Hemp in the Farm Bill

Posted on June 7, 2012

Amendment would Exclude Industrial Hemp from the Definition of Marihuana WASHINGTON, DC — Vote Hemp released an action alert today encouraging support for Senator Ron Wyden’s proposed amendment to the Farm Bill, S.3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, which would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of ‘marihuana.’ Senator Wyden’s amendment […]

Hemp Farmers Receive Investment to Heighten Exports

Posted on November 21, 2011

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Canadian hemp producers will benefit from a boost to their marketing brand abroad thanks to the support of the Government of Canada. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood St. James Assiniboia, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of more […]

Governor Can Help California Economy, Farmers and the Environment by Signing New Industrial Hemp Farming Bill

Posted on September 9, 2011

SB 676 is Supported by Kings and Kern County Sheriffs, Local Governments, Leading Unions, Businesses and Farming Groups Sacramento, California — Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association, the nation’s leading grassroots organizations working to revitalize industrial hemp production in the U.S., urge Governor Brown to support SB 676, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act. […]

Revenue, potential high but so are the costs

Posted on September 20, 2005

This is the 32-year-old farmer’s second shot at growing organic hemp for a budding market. After last year’s poor crop, he planted 200 acres on two fields in what he called his “do or die year.” Despite this year’s heavy rainfall that negatively affected farm production across the province, McKenzie has decided to continue growing hemp.

Organic hemp interesting alternative for Californian growers

Posted on April 15, 2005

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is the first major agricultural organization to support Assemblyman Mark Leno’s new industrial hemp bill based on the huge economic potential represented by the production of organic hemp in California.

Recruits wanted — to grow cannabis

Posted on April 5, 2005

A crop development company wants to recruit farmers to grow cannabis.

Farmers’ high hemp hopes

Posted on April 5, 2005

The crop, it is claimed, offers excellent financial returns because its oil and fibre are in great demand.