Federal Action

H.R.1428: Urge Congress to Repeal the Hemp Felon Ban

Help remove barriers preventing individuals from fully participating in the hemp industry! 

H.R.1428, The Free to Grow Act of 2023, would repeal a federal provision preventing individuals with certain felony drug-related convictions within the past 10 years from obtaining a license to grow hemp. This legislation is of utmost importance as it addresses a barrier that restricts individuals’ opportunities while hindering the growth and inclusivity of the hemp industry.

H.R.1428 seeks to remove the burdensome restriction and provide a fair chance for individuals with past convictions to participate in the hemp farming sector. By eliminating this barrier, we can empower and support these individuals in becoming valuable contributors to the industry while promoting social and economic equity. 

“We believe that if you have paid your time, you should be able to grow a perfectly legal crop. Prohibiting exonerated drug felons from participating in the hemp industry only perpetuates disenfranchisement and social injustice as many drug-related convictions, particularly those involving marijuana, have often been racially targeted. We are grateful to Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and his co-sponsors for recognizing the discriminatory nature of the hemp felon ban and for championing the Free To Grow Act of 2023 so that all producers have access to this economic opportunity,” Jonathan Miller, General Counsel of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.

Please use our Federal Action Center to demonstrate your strong support for this legislation! Just fill out this form to contact your members of Congress urging them to cosponsor H.R.1428, The Free to Grow Act of 2023, for a more inclusive and thriving hemp industry. Together, we can foster a fair and inclusive hemp industry that values the contributions of all individuals! 

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