Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Organizational Support: Vote Hemp, Hemp Industries Association
Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, there has been a growing interest to capitalize on hemp cultivation across the United States. As a commercial, industrial, and medicinal/therapeutic product,
the potential for hemp to become a major U.S. commodity already is evident given continued expansion of hemp cultivation in states and their businesses.
Next week, we will be introducing our comprehensive hemp bill, the Hemp for Victory Act of 2019. This legislation is aimed at creating the foundations for our emerging hemp industry to make sure this crop thrives and produces a booming industry,
but that it is done correctly. This means ensuring there are proper labor standards, investment incentives, safe agricultural practices, environmental considerations, and more.
Our bill expands USDA several programs to include hemp for research and to create necessary standards, as well as requiring the federal government to conduct several multi-agency studies that analyze the cultivation and usage of hemp. The purpose is to help
lay the cornerstones that will stimulate the supply and demand necessary to establish a hemp industry available to our family farms and rural areas of our country.
From organic standards, nutritional and medicinal benefits for children and veterans, environmental considerations, small business opportunities, affordable housing, labor standards, and more, the programs expanded, and the reports generated by this bill,
will help guide the American hemp industry for the foreseeable future.
If you are interested in becoming an original cosponsor, or have any questions, feel free to reach out to my staff, Patrick Koetzle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Chun (email@example.com).
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