Democrats might have taken a shellacking in the 2010 midterm elections, but the pro-hemp lobby was left completely unscathed.
Advocacy group Vote Hemp proudly announced Wednesday that all 25 Members of Congress who co-sponsored legislation to exclude industrialized hemp from being defined as marijuana were re-elected in November.
“Lawmakers should realize that supporting hemp farming cannot be considered a political liability, based on this year’s election results,” Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra says. “If anything, supporting hemp farming is a sure sign that a Member of Congress is going to be re-elected.”
Whoa, dude. That’s like, far out.
OK, we’ll stop with the stoner jokes. Supporters argue hemp shouldn’t be legally linked with its distant cousin, marijuana. It is used in a number of U.S.- made products, but the federal government restricts its cultivation, unnecessarily preventing American farmers from growing a profitable crop, one that is safe and environmentally friendly, advocates say.
Supporters are optimistic that hemp farming will be legalized. Bipartisan backers include Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Sen.-elect John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Steenstra says.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.