This month we have officially launched our Federal Campaign to help pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 by the end of this Congress (Dec. 2016). This bill will remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, make it legal for hemp products made from all parts of the plant to cross international and state boundaries, and will help create tens of thousands of jobs for family farmers who want to grow industrial hemp. This effort will create economic opportunities for processors, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and enable U.S. farmers to grow and process American industrial hemp for the estimated $50 million+ U.S. consumer hemp market.

The National Hemp Association will serve as the umbrella organization to manage the national, state and grassroots efforts and will work with a variety of partners to support the rebirth of the industrial hemp industry in the U.S.

James Woolsey speaking at NHA news Conference in Washington DC - Photo by Ben Droz

James Woolsey, former Under Secretary of the Navy, speaking at NHA news Conference in Washington DC – Photo by Ben Droz

At our November 2015 NHA Board meeting, we selected Grayling a highly experienced Washington D.C. public affairs and government relations firm to lead the effort to educate legislators, add new co-sponsors to the bill, and help the bill move to a formal hearing in Congress.

Mike Lewis, Director of Growing Warriors and Kentucky veteran/farmer, raising the American hemp flag at the U.S. Capitol on Veterans Day 2015. Photo by Ben Droz

Mike Lewis, Director of Growing Warriors and Kentucky veteran/farmer, raising the American hemp flag at the U.S. Capitol on Veterans Day 2015. Photo by Ben Droz

As part of our establishing a Washington DC presence, we held a press conference at the National Press Club where speakers included James Woosley (pictured above left), former CIA Director and Under Secretary of the Navy, and Mike Lewis, a Kentucky industrial hemp farmer/veteran and Director of Growing Warriors. Mike (pictured with flag) grew the Kentucky industrial hemp used in the American Hemp Flag which flew over the U.S. Capitol on Veterans Day. Read news release.

Please consider donating to the Federal Campaign to remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act so hemp can rightfully be treated as a beneficial crop. Contact us to get involved in your area at 303-413-8066 or email us.