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Industrial Hemp Legislation to Cultivate, Study and Support

Industrial Hemp is currently legal to grow in more than 30 countries including Canada, Germany, England, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, China, Hungary and Romania. For more information on where hemp is being grown today, click here.

Many U.S. states have passed legislation to grow, study or request changes in U.S. government policy on industrial hemp. To date, twenty-eight states have introduced hemp legislation and fifteen have passed legislation; eight (Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia) have removed barriers to its production or research.

Hawaii has not only passed hemp legislation allowing for hemp trials but has actually planted the first legal hemp crop since the 1950s! The Hawaii Industrial Hemp Research Project was authorized for research under the direction of Dr. Dave West. It has since been closed due to DEA shenanigans and problems renewing the DEA permit.

In 2005, Vote Hemp reached a major milestone ... for the first time since the federal government outlawed hemp farming in the United States, a federal bill was introduced that would remove restrictions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp. At a Capitol Hill lunch on June 23, 2005 marking the introduction of H.R. 3037, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005," Congressional staffers were treated to a delicious gourmet hemp lunch while listening to various prominent speakers tout the myriad benefits of encouraging and supporting a domestic hemp industry.

The bill was written with the help of Vote Hemp by chief sponsor Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), and it garnered 11 additional co-sponsors. The bill defined industrial hemp and assigned authority over it to the states, allowing laws in those states regulating the growing and processing of industrial hemp to take effect.

On February 13, 2007 Rep. Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1009, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007," which did not get a committee hearing. On April 2, 2009 Rep. Ron Paul and Rep. Barney Frank will introduce the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009."

For more information and a complete summary of state and federal hemp legislation, click here to visit the Vote Hemp Web site.