Hemp Laws & Activism

Join us for our Presidents Day Meeting!

TBA – Charleston at Starlings. 1599-A Washington St East
Charleston, WV 25311. With presentations from poet Crystal Good and WVHIA Director J. Morgan Leach.

West Virginia Hemp Industries Association


Visit WVHIA.ORG to learn more about Membership.

Activism – VOTE HEMP! 

Vote Hemp, Industrial Hemp Petition

Industrial hemp is important to the future of farming in the U.S. and will lead to sustainable products and provide an important food source for our nation. In order to get American farmers growing hemp commercially once again, we need to remove it from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) via the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, S. 134 & H.R. 525. Only when industrial hemp is removed from the CSA will our U.S. agriculture and associated processing, manufacturing, distribution and retail industries have an opportunity to develop infrastructure for this valuable crop.

Your support for S. 134 & H.R. 525 is critical to communicate support to Congress to removing industrial hemp from the CSA. Please sign this petition today, and also please share this petition with others.

To Congress:

I support the Industrial Hemp Farming Act S. 134 & H.R. 525 to remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act. It is time to restore hemp as an agricultural commodity in the United States. Industrial hemp products are legal in the U.S., and farmers are losing out on the economic benefit. It’s time for this senseless prohibition of industrial hemp to end.

Click this LINK to sign the petition and join hands with hemp supporters across the nation! Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, non-profit advocacy group founded in 2000 by members of the hemp industry to remove barriers to industrial hemp farming in the U.S. through education, legislation and advocacy. We work to build grassroots support for hemp through voter education, registration and mobilization, as well as defend against any new laws, regulations or policies that would prohibit or restrict hemp trade.


Dr. Broners Magic Soap

The Bronner family is supporting Vote Hemp and the HIA’s legal, media, grassroots and lobbying efforts to re-commercialize industrial hemp in the U.S. Dr. Bronner’s is also the founding sponsor of Hemp History week an annual campaign launched in May of 2010. Hemp History Week is the largest national grassroots marketing and public education effort created to renew strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. and raise awareness about the benefits of a hemp economy.

West Virginia Hemp Law

WV Policy Guide

The Industrial Hemp Development Act was passed in 2002. The purpose of the industrial hemp development act is to promote the economy and agriculture of West Virginia by permitting the development of a regulated industrial hemp industry while maintaining strict control of marijuana.

The Industrial Hemp Amendment to the Agricultural Act of 2014, SEC. 7606. LEGITIMACY OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP RESEARCH, signed into law by president Obama, defines industrial hemp as distinct and authorizes institutions of higher education or State departments of agriculture in states where hemp is legal to grow hemp for research or agricultural pilot programs.

Passed in March 2014, H.B. 3011 removes the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning industrial hemp cultivation, production, distribution etc.  prior to obtaining a state issued license for such actions. Before passing, legislators added a segment to mirror the federal law regarding hemp, (i.e. limiting the cultivation of industrial hemp to research conducted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Walt Helmick,  and institutions of higher education. )

Do you know how your legislator voted on this bill?  Contact your representatives at:

Members of the House of Delegates

House of Representatives

State Senators

West Virginia State district map

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