October 04, 2018

Victory in California – But It’s Just the Beginning of our Fight

Urgent Call to Action in California

A few weeks ago, we asked you to email California Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to sign SB 1409, sponsored by Senator Scott Wilk, which would dramatically expand the hemp industry in the Golden State.

Around 1.000 California Hemp Supporters responded. Your advocacy worked.

Governor Brown signed the bill, and now California farmers are unleashed to participate in this exciting new agricultural opportunity. And none of this would have been possible without the persistent leadership on the ground in Sacramento by Vote Hemp, Ojai Energetics, Politico Group, and the California Hemp Association.

We now have a bigger battle before us.

This past July, as discussed, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an FAQ, inaccurately alleging that hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) could not be sold legally in retail stores or added to food products. This misguided pronouncement has confused local health departments and may violate state law. 

We need your help in redressing this wrong. If you are a resident of, or business owner in, California, please sign a petition that encourages state lawmakers to support legislation that soon will be introduced to ensure that hemp-derived CBD can be sold in California retail outlets.

This petition also asks lawmakers to urge the CDPH – as well as local health agencies and state and local law enforcement – to stand down on enforcing the inaccurate FAQ. No products should be seized, nor store owners be arrested, as the General Assembly resolves this controversy. Even if you do not hail from the Golden State yourself, please share this petition with your friends, colleagues, customers and social media contacts in California – help us build our California Hemp Supporter army to assist us in this battle which has a national impact. When legislation is introduced, we will alert you to engage again. But for now, signing this petition will serve as our first deployment in what we hope will be a successful battle.