Michael Bowman is a fifth-generation Coloradan, born and raised on his family’s farming and ranching operations. Michael has been an advocate for the return of the hemp plant, the plant of our Founding Fathers, for over 20 years. He was active in the Colorado’s historic Amendment 64 Campaign, a citizens-ballot initiative that ended an eight-decade war on the plant. He was a governor-appointee to Colorado’s first Industrial Hemp Commission and was the founding board chair of the National Hemp Association. He is the author of Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, language that legalized the cultivation of hemp; this set the stage for fully descheduling the plant in 2018 and it’s reclassification as an agricultural crop. Michael remains a passionate advocate for the plant and believes it holds much promise for bringing new opportunities to rural America.