Lawmakers Urge Federal Relief for Hemp Growers
Hemp was legalized by Congress in 2018, rendering it a legitimate crop just like any other. But today, the industry is ineligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Fund (CFAP), a federal program offering direct relief to farmers impacted by the pandemic. Two Democratic lawmakers hope that will soon change.
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) and Sean Maloney (D-NY) called on the agency to extend access to the program.
Read the letter below.
Hemp farming has created new jobs in Upstate NY. We cannot leave these farmers to fight COVID-19 on their own.@RepSeanMaloney and I are calling on USDA Secretary Perdue to include hemp farmers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program so they can get the relief they need. pic.twitter.com/l0qvIUbouw— Rep. Anthony Brindisi (@RepBrindisi) June 17, 2020