Hemp Amendment added to farm billJesse Clymer
Earlier this week there was a great victory for hemp. A Bi-Partisan amendment by Polis-Massie-Blumenauer passed in the house on the farm bill. This amendment will allow for institutional research for hemp. Rep. Earl Blumenauer stated “This little ray of sunshine carries significance far beyond opening up a productive channel of research; it signals a different mindset that this Congress may well go beyond simply allowing research into industrial hemp. The stage is set now to actually end this unnecessary prohibition and allow cultivation across America.” There is still a lot of steps to go for the farm bill to make it all the way through to passing, but getting hemp attached to it was a huge victory. The fact that is was bi-partisan also speaks volumes. It shows that hemp isn’t an issue that is one one side of the aisle or the other, it is a common sense issue that all parties should be able to agree on. The next step will be for the bill to get votes through the house and to make it to the senate. Being a talking point within the house is a win for hemp in and of itself, and hopefully it will just pick up momentum.
Coincidentally, this week Hemp Authority registered to be a part of the Hemp Industries Association conference in Washington, D.C. later this year. This will give us a platform with other hemp businesses to be able to talk about industry topics, as well as work as a whole on how to help grow the hemp industry to help America. We hope that we can bring value to the conference and help the hemp industry as a whole become bigger and better in America.