Help us defeat HB 2244!
PASSED May 16, 2022
In most states, hemp production is regulated by the department of agriculture, much as it is under the federal hemp plan created by the 2018 Farm Bill. HB 2244 would move regulatory authority from the Kansas Department of Agriculture to the state fire marshal. Among its new powers, the fire marshal would be able to issue a “stop sale” or “stop use” order where it is believed that hemp products are being produced, sold, or distributed illegally. This blanket authority is concerning, especially when it is not being exercised by career agriculture officials. What is more alarming is that the fire marshal’s order can continue for up to 7 days without an apparent appeal process. In addition to requiring background checks, the fire marshal would also be able to require fingerprinting for hemp processors.
Please use our portal to encourage Kansas lawmakers to give would-be hemp producers a second chance by opposing the bill. Our portal makes it super easy. Once you input your zip code, the appropriate email or state petition will populate—with your legislators already identified and an editable message prepared. With a simple click of the button, they will hear your voice loud and clear.
Even if you do not hail from Kansas, please share this page with your friends, colleagues, customers, and social media contacts in the state. Help us build our Hemp Supporter armies to assist us in these battles, which have a national impact.