Help Us Block Sen. Grassley’s Anti-Hemp, Anti-Farmer AmendmentJune 13, 2018
American farmers, small businesspeople, and consumers have enthusiastically embraced the recent introduction of The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 which would permanently legalize hemp. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a bi-partisan array of supporters, including Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Hemp Farming Act has been attached to the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to become law this year.
Unfortunately, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has filed an amendment to the Farm Bill in the Agriculture Committee that would devastate the industry’s efforts to promote full legalization of hemp and hemp products. Specifically, Grassley’s amendment would explicitly exclude “cannabinoids,” “extracts” and “derivatives” from the definition of hemp. This could mean that popular products such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) may be treated by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance – akin to heroin. Cynically, Sen. Grassley has also included language that would provide for research on medical marijuana – even though hemp products do not contain more than trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
It is critical that we block this last-minute effort to try to sink the bi-partisan Hemp Farming Act. If we apply enough political pressure, Senator Grassley might even withdraw his amendment from consideration.
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