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Dear Ohio Legislator,
The non-drug hemp seed is one of the premier sources of food nutrition, fuel and fiber from the plant kingdom. America is the largest consumer and import market for industrial hemp oilseed and fiber products, yet Ohioans are not allowed to cultivate this valuable and sustainable rotational crop due to outdated laws.
The 21st century industrial uses for hemp reveal a diverse and versatile commodity crop that will add new markets and value to Ohio's economy as a feedstock for a wide range of new agricultural, commercial and manufacturing jobs in the Buckeye State.
Industrial Hemp legislation has been sweeping through both democratic and republican controlled state governments in recent years. Neighboring states are adopting sensible policies that support the development of hemp industries by allowing for research to be done through their agricultural research institutions made federally permissible through Sec. 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, which officially reclassified hemp as valuable agricultural commodity as of February 7.
Ohio has the opportunity to create new and sustainable commercial industries by permitting research this year of this resource that historically proved invaluable to the development of our nation. With one of the finest "farm-to-rail-to-factory" distribution networks in the country, Ohio could add billions of dollars to our diverse economic portfolio as an anchor to the developing hemp industries in the Midwest. This is a necessary first step to ensure Ohio's place in the modern policy framework and understanding of Industrial Hemp to foster innovation, create jobs and support long term economic growth in the region.
Hemp Farming in Ohio
Will create jobs by producing American hemp and creating long term American jobs.
Give farmers the freedom to choose new opportunities in growing a versatile, profitable and sustainable crop.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act (H.R. 525 and S.359) has 49 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, and leadership support in the U.S. Senate.
Major organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union (representing more than 250,000 farming families nationwide),the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and more than 50 others, currently endorse hemp farming.
As of the beginning of the 2014 growing season, ten states are already authorized to license hemp farmers, 20 states have passed pro-hemp legislation, 32 states have introduced hemp legislation.
Industrial Hemp is Not Marijuana
Industrial Hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana contains 5.0%-20.0+% THC.
State regulations must meet strict federal standards and farmers must comply with local and state laws. Canada has been developing a modern hemp industry for more than 15 years, without any issues or problems with law enforcement, drug producers or abuse of the program.
The United States remains the only industrialized nation to not permit broad Industrial Hemp cultivation.
We, the undersigned, ask that state legislators support bipartisan, zero-cost job creation by permitting Industrial Hemp Farming Research in Ohio through immediate legislative action and by passing a resolution in support of the federal Industrial Hemp Farming Act, H.R. 525 and S. 359.