Two bills (SB1686 / HB1392) have been introduced in the State House and State Senate that would open up industrial hemp for cultivation in Tennessee, effectively nullifying the federal ban on hemp. The Senate Bill was promptly referred to the Judiciary Committee while the House Bill has been referred to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee. Both bills will need to pass by majority vote before the full House and Senate can consider them.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in TN you live, take these actions today.
1. Call the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Brian Kelsey. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his 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 SB1686. 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.
Sen. Doug Overbey 1st Vice Chair (R) (615) 741-0981
Sen. Stacey Campfield 2nd Vice Chair (R) (615) 741-1766
Sen. Mike Bell (R) (615) 741-1946
Sen. Lowe Finney (D) (731) 424-0461
Sen. Ophelia Ford (D) (901) 575-2321
Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R) (615) 741-6682
Sen. Mark Green (R) (615) 741-2374
Sen. John Stevens (R) (731) 986-9742
3. Call the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chair, Ron Lollar. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
4. 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 HB1392. 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.
Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D) (615) 741-1997
Rep. Curtis Halford (R) (615) 741-7478
Rep. Andy Holt (R) (615) 741-7847
Rep. Judd Matheny (R) (615) 741-7448
Rep. Billy Spivey (R) (615) 741-4170
Rep. John C. Tidwell (D) (615) 741-7098
Rep. Ron Travis (R) (615) 741-1450
5. 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.
6. SHARE this information widely. By facebook, twitter, email, and more.
7. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB1686 and HB1392. It is essential to the economic well-being of TN that industrial hemp be legalized. Passing SB1686 and HB1392 will make that happen.
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