WASHINGTON – The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and Vote Hemp today announced they’re teaming up to press current political candidates about their policy positions on hemp.
“Hemp is a rapidly growing and ever changing industry,” said Patrick Atagi, Board Chairman of the National Industrial Hemp Council. “Farmers who grow and the millions of Americans who use our products deserve to hear from candidates their policy positions on keeping hemp safe and accessible.”
“Hemp farming is just getting off the ground in the U.S. but the crop has huge potential for job creation and economic development,” said Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “It is critical that members of Congress understand the potential of hemp and support the industry as it grows into a commodity providing nutritious foods, durable fiber and healthy supplements.”
NIHC and Vote Hemp are reaching out to the major party candidates in the following races. Of the 12 House races that are considered battleground, six have Republican incumbents and six have Democrat incumbents. The candidates for Senate in the following races have been sent the questionnaire: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, and Montana. Candidates in the following House races have also been sent the questionnaire: AZ-06, CA-21, IA-01, MO-02, NJ-01, NY-22, OH-11, PA-01, SC-01, TX-21, UT-01, and VA-07.
Candidates for President, U.S. Senate and Congress will be asked three questions:
- Do you support revising the definition of hemp to allow up to 1% THC while keeping a maximum of 0.3% THC in finished products so that farmers will not lose their crops?
- Do you believe that FDA’s failure to regulate hemp is hurting consumers and hindering industry innovation?
- Do you support the Congressional intent that removed hemp as a controlled substance, or do you believe the DEA should have a role in regulating hemp production?
The NIHC and Vote Hemp will be tracking candidate responses and posting them on their social media platforms and the NIHC website. We’ll also be sending candidate responses in various Congressional races to local media.
About the National Industrial Hemp Council: The National Industrial Hemp Council provides high-quality networking and resources for its members, from farm to consumer. Its leadership is composed of leading international, federal, state, private industry, and government professionals throughout the sector. The organization is dedicated to furthering market development, assisting members in entering the industry, and educating consumers on industrial hemp and its applications. For more information please go to www.hempindustrial.com.
About Vote Hemp: Celebrating 20 years of hemp advocacy, Vote Hemp works on behalf of U.S. farmers and the hemp industry to promote fair laws, policy and legislation that promotes the growth of the hemp market. Vote Hemp has met with or supported meetings with thousands of policy makers over the years, and our education and advocacy work has helped change the conversation in states and in Congress about the potential of hemp to create economic opportunity for American farmers and businesses. For more information visit www.votehemp.com.
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