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HIA's National Hemp Policy bulletin for members

HIA's Federal Hemp Policy Priorities

Current national hemp bills, issues, and policies supported by the Hemp Industries Association
Consensus 2023 Farm Bill priorities for the hemp industry

2023 Farm Bill

This spring, HIA came together with other leading national hemp groups to establish consensus hemp industry priorities for the all important 2023 Farm Bill. Renewed every five years, the Farm Bill provides a mechanism to make significant improvements to hemp policies and regulations.

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HEMP FEED INITIATIVE: An Industry Wide Effort to Gain Approval for Hemp in Animal Feed

Hemp Feed Initiative

Provide exclusionof hemp seeds, hemp seed meal, hemp seed oil, hemp hulls, dehulled hemp hearts, hemp protein, hemp hurdand hemp seed screenings from the 1958 Food Additive Petition requirements. For a safe legislative path to market, the industry advocates for the exclusion of grain-based products only, as grain does not contain cannabinoids, for which the FDA requires further safety studies.

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Hemp Exemption Campaign

Grain & Fiber Exemption Campaign

Producers who choose to grow hemp for grain and/or fiber purposes are at very low, if any risk at all, of harvesting an illegal crop. Therefore, federal law should not mandate testing and instead enforce reasonable programs that require harvest designation and visual inspection of hemp fields, both of which are far less burdensome to the American farmer.

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Free to Grow

H.R. 1428: Free to Grow Act of 2023

Introduced by MD Representative David Trone, this legislation would end the policy that prevents those with a felony conviction within 10 years from holding a hemp license, expanding opportunity to a broader swath of society while removing the structural impediment to participation in the hemp industry for those who have served their time.

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SAFE Banking Act

The SAFE Banking Act has been around in one form or another for more than a decade. This legislation would take several steps to ensure that cannabis businesses receive fair treatment from banks and financial service providers.

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Enacted Federal Hemp Legislation

H.R.2 - Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

Signed into law on December 20, 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act Of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, permanently removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Hemp is forever deemed an agricultural commodity, thereby paving the way for a massive expansion of economic opportunities across all sectors of the hemp industry.

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