Urge Lawmakers in New Hampshire to Amend HB 1581!
HB 1581 was first introduced in the House in early January and is currently awaiting action in the Commerce and Consumer Affairs committee. This otherwise good bill expressly limits the sale of products containing hemp-derived CBD to products manufactured in the state of New Hampshire. The Senate is also considering SB 669, which originally authorized the sale of hemp-derived CBD products produced outside of New Hampshire. Unfortunately, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee amended SB 669 by stripping away this important language. This protectionist trade restriction is potentially unconstitutional, and there is no justification for the exclusive use of New Hampshire-sown hemp in terms of safety – the remainder of the statute already ensures that strict regulatory guidelines will be followed. Most significantly, any short-term advantages secured by existing large New Hampshire farm operations could ultimately backfire against smaller in-state farmers if such a provision becomes a precedent across the country and a trade war escalates. Further, especially since New Hampshire’s hemp farming industry is not yet mature, New Hampshire retailers and consumers would be impaired by the denial of access to safe, legal products they wish to sell and purchase.
Please use our portal to encourage New Hampshire legislators to amend HB 1581 and SB 669. 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 the Granite State, please share this page with your friends, colleagues, customers, and social media contacts in New Hampshire. Help us build our Hemp Supporter armies to assist us in these battles, which have a national impact.