A new state law allows hemp cultivation in Virginia, but federal law still prevents Virginia’s hemp economy from blossoming.
On June 3, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA 1st District) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA 4th District) voted against a bipartisan amendment (H.Amdt. 321) prohibiting the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from using funds to interfere with state laws allowing industrial hemp cultivation.
If you are one of their constituents, call Rep. Wittman at (202) 225-4261 and Rep. Forbes at (202) 225-6365 and urge them to apologize for voting against protecting Virginia farmers from DEA raids.
Please also sign our petition to Virginia’s Senators and your U.S. Representative urging them to support the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (S. 134/H.R. 525). The Industrial Hemp Farming Act is bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) that would eradicate the federal barriers to industrial hemp cultivation and enable Virginia farmers to grow a new cash crop with thousands of economic applications.