At the request of Texas House Agricultural and Livestock committee a group of hemp advocates, business people, attorneys and farmers helped educate the representatives. Representing HIA and Vote Hemp was Rick Trojan, from Colorado, discussing the economic impact and farming operations; from Kentucky US Hemp Roundtable’s Jonathan Miller presented the legal background for the members. Texas Hemp Industries Association’s Coleman Hemphill and Henry Valles presented details on state specific opportunities and challenges. Shawn Hauser, of Vicente Sederberg Law Offices, a Texas native, also provided details on the federal landscape and how Texas was positioned to become a leader in cultivation and processing of hemp. “Overall it was a great cross section of information for the committee” said Rick Trojan, “having so many diverse backgrounds presenting allow for variety of perspectives and really engages the representatives.” Texas remains one of only 10 states without hemp legislation and without the economic benefits being realized by nearly 20 states currently processing industrial hemp.
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