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Hemp Alert: URGENT – The Mary Miller Amendment

The U.S. hemp industry, valued at a staggering $28 billion, has flourished over the past few years, creating thousands of jobs and proving its ability to coexist with the recreational marijuana sector under reasonable regulations. Predominantly driven by small businesses, this growing market now faces a significant threat as the Farm Bill is up for reauthorization this year.

The Farm Bill and Its Implications for Hemp

Every five years, the Farm Bill is reauthorized, providing an opportunity to review and amend agricultural and food policies in the United States. This year, however, the reauthorization process has brought about a concerning amendment proposed by Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois. This amendment, if passed, would make the sale of products containing ANY detectable THC illegal. Such a drastic measure could potentially wipe out 90-95% of the hemp product market, including non-intoxicating CBD products that have been a cornerstone of the industry.

Very few countries have stricter language when it comes to the levels of acceptable THC in hemp products than what has been proposed by Rep. Miller. We are the land of the free, not the land of the THC-free. Miller’s entire moral argument hinges upon child safety when it is well known that reasonable legislation protects children from harm while safeguarding the $28 Billion industry from reckless and wanton regulations. Is it a coincidence that Rep. Miller hails from Illionios, a recreational marijuana state? Could there be multi-state cannabis operators that see the hemp industry as a threat backing this push for industry-killing legislation?

Beyond the Farm Bill

The Mary Miller amendment is not only a part of the draft Farm Bill but has also been included in the FY2025 Agriculture FDA Bill, a must-pass piece of legislation. The inclusion of this language without a roll-call vote or consultation with industry leaders shows the vested interest to push this legislation through by any means necessary.

The State of Hemp Regulation

Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, states have taken the lead in regulating the hemp market. For example, Texas has implemented comprehensive regulations, including full-panel testing for consumable cannabinoids and stringent labeling requirements. These efforts have helped establish a robust and safe hemp industry in the U.S., benefiting millions of consumers who rely on these products for wellness, lifestyle choices, and medical needs. =But Texas isn’t the only state to go down this road, nor is the Longhorn State the most successful in the endeavor. Minnesota is another shining example of a state that has both a healthy cannabis and hemp industry coinciding together.

Call to Action

The time to act is now. We must unite to oppose the Mary Miller Amendment and protect the future of the hemp industry. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Contact Your Representatives: See our friends at the Hemp Roundtable and use the Federal Action Center to send an urgent message to your Representative, urging them to oppose the Mary Miller It is easy and takes only a few minutes. Look for the header titled: “URGENT: Hemp-Killing Amendment Filed on Farm Bill and Appropriations Bill – Contact Your Member of Congress TODAY”
  2. Spread the Word: Share this information with your friends, business associates, and on social media to raise awareness about the issue.
  3. Stay Informed and Engaged: Keep up with the latest developments and participate in advocacy efforts to ensure our voices are heard.

The hemp industry has shown resilience and promise, but it now faces its greatest challenge. Together, we can ensure that fair regulations prevail and that the small businesses and consumers who depend on hemp products continue to thrive. Thanks for continuing to stay in the know with Know Naturals! Reach out to us today for future-proofed hemp products and free consultations.

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