The long-awaited first meeting of the US House/Senate Conference Committee on the 2018 Farm Bill will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5, at 9:30 AM.
9 Senators and 47 Congressmen will sit down for the first time to try to reconcile the differences between the two versions of the bill, with the hopes of final passage by September 30, when the 2014 Farm Bill expires.
As summarized here, prospects are bright that the House will agree to the Senate’s hemp provisions, which would permanently establish hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act.
Hemp’s most powerful advocate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has even taken the rare step of appointing himself to the conference committee to better ensure that the provisions he inserted remain in the final compromise.
However, Hemp Supporters can’t take anything for granted. Please contact your Congressman TODAY.
Enter your zip code into our simple online portal here, and if any of your Members of Congress serve on the conference committee, an editable email will be populated for you to urge them to support hemp. For those of your representatives who are not on the committee, the portal will prepare an email urging them to contact conference committee members in support of the Senate provisions.
Finally, our General Counsel, Jonathan Miller, will be on hand reporting LIVE from the hearing room via Facebook Live and Periscope. If you would like to receive his live reports, or a video soon after, please follow us on Facebook here and/or Twitter here.
Today, the Senate named their representatives to the House/Senate conference committee for the 2018 Farm Bill. Here’s the full list of House and Senate conferees.
In a rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named himself to the conference committee – meaning he will be in the room when the permanent fate of hemp is decided.
As a reminder, the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill contains the Hemp Farming Act, sponsored by Leader McConnell and co-sponsored by a bi-partisan coalition of more than two-dozen Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The House version is silent on hemp.
The House/Senate conference committee will resolve the differences between the two bills – and McConnell will be twisting arms to ensure the Senate hemp language prevails.
He needs our help.
You can help ensure hemp is permanently legalized.
We’ve re-formatted our online portal to empower you to help get hemp across the finish line. Input your zip code, and our portal will determine whether your Congressman and/or Senators serve on the conference committee. If so, with a few keystrokes, you can send them a personalized email urging them to support the Hemp Farming Act language. The portal will also enable you to send a message to your Members of Congress who don’t serve on the conference committee to urge them to reach out to their colleagues that do.
In just a few minutes, you can make a real difference. Please link to our portal below and have your say NOW. And please share this message and this call to action with your friends, colleagues, customers, and social media contacts today.
Our grassroots army helped kill the misguided Grassley Amendment a few weeks ago. Now, together, we can extinguish Hemp Prohibition. Forever.