Collin Peterson could have misplaced his seat however as Hemp Grower studies numerous trade advocates have been elected or retained seats within the legislature
Election Day 2020 has come and gone. And whereas hashish advocates claimed some main victories as five states across the U.S. approved legalization measures, hemp trade leaders predict enterprise as common for hashish’s low-THC cousin.
Still, hemp skilled some wins which will assist solidify the burgeoning trade shifting ahead, in line with trade group leaders.
Congressional Race Wins
“Hemp’s champions in Congress scored major victories at the polls yesterday,” says U.S. Hemp Roundtable normal counsel Jonathan Miller.
Miller factors to the greater than 20-point victory for Senate majority chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who helped lead hemp to legalization by championing each the 2014 and 2018 farm payments. “Certainly, Sen. McConnell has been very interested in hemp because Kentucky was once the leading state to grow hemp in the United States,” says Caren Wilcox, government director of the U.S. Hemp Growers Association. “He understands the diverse products that will come from hemp as we progress.”
It remains to be unknown whether or not McConnell will stay the bulk chief of the Senate as quite a few states proceed tallying their votes. However, hemp trade leaders are assured that U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who may grow to be the Senate majority chief ought to Democrats take over the Senate, will even be an advocate for hemp.
“I know personally that Schumer wants to drive hemp to help New York farmers,” says Geoff Whaling, chairman of the National Hemp Association and president of the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council. “Overall, because of the fact that hemp was [legalized by] a bipartisan bill that was pushed forward by McConnell, I think we will continue to have that support no matter who ends up leading the Senate.”
Other Congressional wins for hemp trade advocates, in line with U.S. Hemp Roundtable, embody:
- U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who has advocated for hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Merkley, who helped creator the availability within the 2018 Farm Bill to assist legalize hemp, additionally recently sent a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) objecting to its newly proposed rule on hemp. Merkley gained reelection by an almost 20-point margin as nicely.
- Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), lead sponsors of H.R. 8179, which might legalize the manufacturing and sale of hemp-derived CBD in dietary dietary supplements, each gained their reelection bids.
- Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), who each wrote a powerful letter to the DEA objecting to its current interim ultimate rule, gained their reelections s nicely.
And whereas Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who has been a strong advocate for hemp, misplaced his reelection bid, hemp trade organizations are displaying sturdy help for his opponent, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. In his time as governor from 2011 to 2019, Hickenlooper oversaw one of many first profitable state hemp applications within the nation and “should be an industry ally,” Miller says.
“I know there are hemp growers who are worried about the defeat of Senator Cory Gardner, but former Governor Hickenlooper should be a great supporter of hemp in his new capacity as [a] senator from Colorado,” Wilcox says.
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