Congress Should Follow Richmond’s Lead and End Hemp Ban

Contact: Nicholas Cote
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Advocate: Congressional Delegation Should Follow Richmond’s Lead and End Hemp Ban

Bipartisan legislation to remove federal restrictions on industrial hemp currently has no Virginia cosponsors

Richmond, VA (February 3, 2015) – Following the passage of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Farming Act (H.B.1277) in the House of Delegates today, Right Way Forward Virginia President Nicholas Cote issued the following statement:

“Industrial hemp has tens of thousands of economic uses. H.B.1277 is common sense legislation that benefits farmers, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and consumers alike.

“Unfortunately, federal law still considers industrial hemp a Schedule I controlled substance even though it is not a drug. The federal ban must be lifted for Virginia to build a more dynamic economy and become the leader for industrial hemp cultivation and manufacturing.

“Delegate Joseph Yost’s bill would not have passed without the groundswell of grassroots action by farmers, entrepreneurs, and libertarian activists. The next step is to keep up the pressure and get the bill through the Virginia Senate and signed by the governor.

“Then, Virginians should urge Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to cosponsor S.134 and their U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R.525. This bipartisan legislation to end the federal ban on industrial hemp has almost 50 cosponsors in the U.S. House but none from the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Right Way Forward Virginia ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to promoting liberty, dynamism, and equal rights.