We received an urgent message from Hemp History Week concerning an amendment that will affect the legality of
"cannabinoids," "extracts" and "derivatives" from hemp. We thought it was important to share this message and call on the help of our community to help out! Please see the message below:
Late yesterday 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.
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 U.S. Hemp Roundtable's 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 If it is not withdrawn, the Grassley Amendment could come up for a vote as early as TODAY (Wednesday) as the Committee begins markup on the Farm Bill.