Hemp supports America.
From drafts of our founding documents to the sustainable paneling of 21st century cars, hemp’s versatility and strength have made it the fabric of the American imagination. Today, hemp is used in clothing, biofuels, plastics, personal care, feed and food. Economic experts predict a multi-billion dollar U.S. hemp industry by 2020.
Hemp supports farmers. A durable crop that grows in a variety of climates and soil types, hemp opens up bright new economic opportunities for American agriculture.
During most of the last century, we had to import all of our hemp. It was illegal to grow in the U.S. because it was mistakenly classified as a controlled substance. But hemp is not marijuana. Hemp cannot get you high.
That all changed a few years ago when the U.S. Congress and more than 30 state legislatures permitted hemp cultivation as part of a research pilot program. The experiment has been an unqualified success. Thousands of jobs have been created across the country, and American farmers realize that this is a meaningful new economic opportunity.
Now there’s tremendous political momentum to make this successful experiment a permanent reality. With your help, we’re here to energize the American economy.
It’s time to permanently legalize hemp. Join citizens from across government, the agricultural industry, U.S. manufacturers, the small business community, and beyond, to support legislation (Senate Bill 2667 and House Bill 5485) that would establish hemp as an agricultural commodity, removing it completely and permanently from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act.
Join our movement to permanently legalize hemp. Sign up as a Hemp Supporter. Because Hemp Supports America.
As you are well aware, the primary policy challenge facing the hemp-derived CBD industry is guidance issued by FDA, opining that it is illegal for CBD to be introduced into interstate commerce as a food additive or dietary supplement. While the FDA has announced that it will unveil its timetable for action this fall, it…Read More
As we shared with a few weeks ago, our California dream bill, AB 228, legislation that would have legalized the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD in California, was declared dead for the session. We launched an email blitz asking for action, but with the legislature adjourning today, the earliest any legislation can pass will be January. We…Read More
As we let you know last Friday, we received some very disappointing news from Sacramento: AB 228, legislation that would have legalized the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD in California, was declared dead for the session. This caught us by surprise – the bill had been through 5 committees and the House floor, and had never received…Read More
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Hemp is not Marijuana
While they come from the same plant species, hemp has no – or just trace amounts – of THC, the intoxicating chemical in marijuana. Hemp simply cannot get you high.
Hemp Has a Deep Enduring American History
It was a leading cash crop grown by many of our nation's founders, and was critical to U.S. efforts in both world wars. While farming hemp was made illegal in the 20th century, imported hemp products have been sold in every state for decades, an almost billion-dollar import industry. We believe those jobs and economic opportunity belong in the U.S.
GROWING AND SELLING HEMP IS LEGAL, ADDRESSING LAW ENFORCEMENT CONCERNS
Growing hemp was legalized by the 2014 Farm Bill for states that establish research pilot programs (now more than 30). The 2016 Omnibus Spending Law prohibits federal agencies from interfering with state-authorized hemp pilot projects, or with the interstate sale of such hemp products. State pilot programs are providing police GPS coordinates of hemp fields to demarcate hemp from marijuana, and the industry is developing – in conjunction with law enforcement – a self-regulated organization to promote quality standards and transparency.
Hemp is Already Making an Economic Comeback
The Farm Bill experiment has been an unqualified success, creating thousands of jobs and a thriving national market for many end uses, including clothing, personal care, animal feed, food, and nutritional supplements. Following the lead of European industry, U.S. hemp pilot projects are exploring production of auto parts, textiles, chemicals, plastics, green energy, insulation, and animal bedding.
HEMP FOOD IS POPULAR – AND SAFE
Economic analysts predict hemp foods and nutraceuticals to emerge as a multi-billion U.S. market by 2020. The most popular product – hemp-derived cannabidiol or CBD – has been declared by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence as safe and well-tolerated in humans (and animals), and is not linked with any negative public health concerns. Furthermore, the WHO concluded that CBD does not induce physical dependence and is not associated with abuse potential.
Farmers Are Pleading: Permanently Legalize Hemp
While pilot programs have helped propel the domestic hemp industry, only full legalization of the crop – and keeping Washington off of the farm – will allow development of mature markets to provide true economic opportunities for U.S. farmers. That's why leading farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union are calling for passage of bi-partisan House and Senate bills that remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, empower state agriculture programs, and unleash an exciting new industry.
2014 Farm Bill
Congress’ legislation that creates the current hemp pilot-program research scheme.
Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-CO) , and a bi-partisan array of U.S. Senators, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would permanently legalize hemp and hemp products in the United States.
House Bill 5485
Introduced by U.S. Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Jared Polis (D-CO), this serves as the House companion bill to Senate Bill 2667.
U.S. Hemp Guidance Program
Brochure on Roundtable plans to develop standards, practices and self-regulation for the hemp industry.
Phase One Report
The Phase One report of the Roundtable’s Guidance Program committee, developing standards and practices for the industry and developing a self-regulated organization by 2019.
U.S. Hemp Technical Committee
List of members participating in the development of the Guidance Program.
Hemp-Derived Cannabidiol (CBD)
Is Hemp-Derived CBD Legal?
A legal opinion from the U.S. Hemp Roundtable on the popular hemp food product.
The Roundtable also offered public comments on the subject to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Should Hemp-Derived CBD Remain Legal?
A submission by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable to the Food and Drug Administration about CBD’s future status.
Is Hemp-Derived CBD Safe?
The World Health Organization study that declares that CBD is safe and not addictive.
How to get a Seat at the Roundtable
Membership in the US Hemp Roundtable is explained.
2017 Year in Review
A U.S. Hemp Roundtable report on last year’s developments and this year’s path forward.
Hemp’s Legal History
A law review article published by the University of Louisville Brandeis College of Law that discusses hemp’s history and its current legal status.
U.S. Hemp Roundtable
Launched in early 2017, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a coalition of dozens of hemp companies – representing every link of the product chain, from seed to sale – and all of the industry’s major national grassroots organizations.
Our goal is to secure passage of bi-partisan legislation in the U.S. Congress that would establish hemp as an agricultural commodity, and permanently remove it from regulation as a controlled substance. Our efforts include an aggressive, targeted, grass-tops lobbying campaign that will bring leading farmers and business executives to Washington to secure final passage of Senate Bill 2667 and House Bill 5485, The Hemp Farming Act of 2018.
In order to build political support – and ensure the long term viability of the industry – the Roundtable’s mission also includes:
- Facilitating information exchange with law enforcement and federal agency officials
- The seeding and infrastructure development of an independent, self-regulated organization (SRO), including the drafting of regulatory-acceptable specifications and standards.
- Continued long-term legislative advocacy on other major policy issues, remaining vigilant against potential attempts of rival industries to halt hemp’s progress.
Paid for by U.S. Hemp Roundtable, Inc., an independent, nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. 250 West Main Street, Suite 2800, Lexington, KY 40507.
U.S. Hemp Roundtable Board of Directors
U.S. Hemp Roundtable Members
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Paid for by U.S. Hemp Roundtable, Inc., an independent,
nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxation
under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
250 West Main Street, Suite 2800, Lexington, KY 40507.