11 Apr Florida is Trying to ‘Kill Hemp’: What Can YOU Do?
The Florida House of Representatives just announced that the “Kill Hemp Bills” have been assigned to their next committee. They announced the schedule for the committee on 4/10 and the committee is on 4/12….. so we have to act fast cause they aren’t giving us much time!
Here is what you can do….
1) Reach out to the Committee Members and Tell Them to Vote NO!
Calling and emailing your lawmakers is very important and makes a huge difference. Scroll down and underneath the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee heading you will find all the committee members and bill sponsors, and you will also find their contact info. It is very important that as many of you contact these phone numbers and emails TODAY as many times as possible to let them know that regulating hemp (especially a THC cap) is going to “harm the hemp industry and make many sick Floridians criminals over night”!
Also be sure to read the section on “Things to Remember”…. people are very passionate about this and that passion can be focused in the wrong direction. If you are rude or upsetting to the legislature then you will in fact be working against us.
Please be sure to read the “things to remember section”!
Please take the time to reach out. You will be surprised how fast you can make it through that call list!
2) Visit Tallahassee!
We realize that dropping everything and driving up to Tallahassee can be difficult, but if there is ever a time that we need you to do this it is now. The bill will be heard at 8:30am on Wed 4/12 at the Sumner Hall (404 HOB) located in the House Building of the Florida capitol. Please consider coming up for this meeting… if not then please stay tunned because 2 committees will be scheduled for next week!
3) Sign the Petition!
Let people know that you stand with the Florida Hemp industry! Go to Save Florida Hemp’s website and sign the petition to end these useless regulations.
Some Things to Remember Before Your Reach Out
If you get a voicemail, make sure you leave a polite message saying they “oppose House Bill 1475” along with your name and phone number. You should call back the next day. If you get a voicemail again, then you should leave another polite message saying they “oppose Bill 1475” along with your name and phone number.
You should send a polite email as well. Make sure you state that you are “opposed to House Bill 1475” and explain why the hemp industry or hemp products are important to you. Make sure your email is heartfelt.
It is even more impactful for you to visit the district office of YOUR legislators in person. It is extremely important for you to dress professionally (suit/tie, “Sunday best”, closed-toe shoes, NO jeans, NO hats, NO T-shirts) and be extremely polite. Explain that you oppose HB 1475 and tell them why the hemp industry or hemp products are important to YOU. Tell your story from the heart. You can find your Senator at https://www.flsenate.gov/senators/find and you can find your Representative at https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/findyourrepresentative
House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
HB 1475 Sponsor
Rep. Will Robinson
House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman
Please contact the Chairman of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee that will hear HB 1475 and tell them that you oppose the bill and share how it passing and the end of much of the Hemp industry would affect your life.
Chairman Rep. Thad Altman
Please contact Every Representative of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and tell them that you oppose the bill in its current form and share how it passing and the end of much of the Hemp industry would affect your life.
Vice Chair Rep. Melony Bell
Democratic Ranking Member Kevin Chambliss
Rep. Shane Abbott
Rep. Dean Black
Rep. Adam Botana
Rep. James Buchanan
Rep. Hillary Cassel
Rep. Lindsay Cross
1003 The Capitol
Rep. Dianne “Ms Dee” Hart
Rep. Sam Killebrew
Rep. Johanna Lopez
Rep. Toby Overdorf
Rep. Keith Truenow
Scan all these codes!
The graphic below is a great resource and can help you take action even after the committee on 4/12… please scan the following codes and follow the prompts.