HB1010, a bill that would legalize industrial hemp for production within the state, was introduced on Feb. 6 by Del. Don Dwyer (R-31). It was sent to the Environmental Matters Committee where it will have to be passed by a majority before it is considered for a vote by the whole house.
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS – It doesn’t matter where you live in the state, please follow all these steps to support HB1010.
1. Call the Committee Chair, Maggie McIntosh. Strongly, but respectfully urge her to move this important bill forward to a vote in her committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on HB1010. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back in a few days.
James E. Malone, Jr. (D) Vice Chair (410) 841-3378
Pamela G. Beidle (D) (410) 841-3370
Elizabeth Bobo (D) (410) 841-3205
Rudolph C. Cane (D) (410) 841-3427
Alfred C. Carr, Jr. (D) (410) 841-3638
David Fraser-Hidalgo (D) (410) 841-3186
Barbara A. Frush (D) (410) 841-3114
James W. Gilchrist (D) (410) 841-3744
Anne Healey (D) (410) 841-3961
Patrick N. Hogan (R) (410) 841-3240
Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. (R) (410) 841-3310
Jay A. Jacobs (R) (410) 841-3449
Stephen W. Lafferty (D) (410) 841-3487
Herbert H. McMillan (R) (410) 841-3211
Doyle L. Niemann (D) (410) 841-3326
H. Wayne Norman, Jr. (R) (410) 841-3284
Anthony J. O’Donnell (R) (410) 841-3314
Charles J. Otto (R) (410) 841-3433
A. Shane Robinson (D) (410) 841-3021
Dana M. Stein (D) (410) 841-3527
Cathleen M. Vitale (R) (410) 841-3510
Michael H. Weir, Jr. (D) (410) 841-3328
C. T. Wilson (D) (410) 841-3325
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us at http://ask.tenthamendmentcenter.com with any information you get.
4. SHARE this information widely. By facebook, twitter, email, and more.
5. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HB1010. It is essential for the economic and environmental well-being of MD citizens for the federal ban on industrial hemp to be nullified. Passing HB1010 will make that happen.