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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.