Bonamici and Massie Hemp Amendments Pass the U.S. House!
Amendments to Justice Appropriations Bill Limit DEA From Interfering With States Ability to Regulate Hemp Farming
FlexForm Technologies recently received an update from Vote Hemp on the ongoing efforts to allow US farmers to cultivate and sell industrial hemp. The following copy is taken directly from the letter.
“Last night was a good night for industrial hemp policy. Two of our strong supporters in Congress offered amendments to the bill that funds the DEA and Justice Department and both of them passed with a strong bi-partisan majority! The Bonamici amendment passed 237-170 and the Massie amendment passed 246-163. We want to thank the sponsors, cosponsors and all of the members who voted to support these amendments. We also want to thank all of you for calling and sending letters because you made the difference!
The Bonamici amendment states “None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used to prevent a State from implementing its own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of industrial hemp, as defined in section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014.” This essentially tells the DEA and Department of Justice that they can’t spend any money from their budget to prevent states from implementing their state hemp laws.
The Massie amendment focuses on limiting the use of funds to block the implementation of Section 7606 of the Farm Bill. The Massie amendment states “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, entitled “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research” (Pub. L. No. 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.” This keeps the DEA from spending any funds on efforts to interfere with states implementing hemp research authorized in the Farm Bill.
These amendments are necessary because the DEA has continued to act as though the law has not changed. They seized a shipment of seeds bound for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and blocked the importation of seeds for other projects in North Dakota, Colorado and elsewhere. They are also insisting that
Just because we won these votes in the House does not mean that we can let up. We still need the Senate to pass a similar funding bill and we are already working with them on this. We are also working to pass H.R. 525 and S. 359, the bills which would allow farmers to grow hemp commercially under state law.”