Each year we end up having some great news to report during Hemp History Week and this year is no different. Vote Hemp was in Washington yesterday for our lobby day with participants from around the country who conducted more than 70 meetings advocating for passage of legislation to bring back commercial hemp farming in the U.S.
While we were on the Hill, Senate Agriculture leaders announced they are releasing a new bipartisan Farm Bill today and hope to have it passed before the end of June. Yesterday during a Lobby Day meeting, Sen. Boozman (R-AR) informed us that Senator Roberts and Senator Stabenow have included language from the Hemp Farming Act language in the base bill. This is huge news!
The Farm Bill is must pass legislation that has to be reauthorized every 5 years. This is our best chance yet to legalize commercial hemp farming.
This week we also saw Sen. McConnell and Senator Wyden pass a resolution via unanimous consent commemorating Hemp History Week. Senator Wyden also spoke about the need to pass the Hemp Farming Act on the Senate floor:
We have the wind at our back thanks to your support. Together we will bring hemp farming back to American agriculture.