Late this afternoon, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) filed an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill which would devastate the industry’s efforts to promote full legalization of hemp and hemp products. Specifically, Grassley’s amendment (here) would explicitly exclude “cannabinoids,” “extracts” and “derivatives” from the definition of hemp. This could mean that popular products such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) may be treated by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance — akin to heroin. Cynically, Sen. Grassley has also included language that would provide for research on medical marijuana — even though hemp products do not contain more than trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
It is critical that we block this last-minute effort to try to sink the bi-partisan Hemp Farming Act. If we apply enough political pressure, Senator Grassley might even withdraw his amendment from consideration.
Please go right NOW to our online portal to urge your US Senators to vote “no” on the Grassley Anti-Hemp, Anti-Farmer amendment. It is especially critical to contact your Senator if s/he is a Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee (check the roster here). If it is not withdrawn, the Grassley Amendment could come up for a vote as early as tomorrow (Wednesday) as the Committee begins markup on the Farm Bill.
Please share this message via email and social media with your customers, friends, and contacts. Hemp Supporters are needed NOW to fight this effort to undermine the booming hemp industry and the great work of our bi-partisan supporters on Capitol Hill. Please act NOW.