Senate Hemp Bill Introduced
The momentum builds and the ball is rolling towards the future for hemp in America!
A round of applause for Senators from Oregon, Kentucky and Vermont! In a show of Bipartisan teamwork they have put forth a Senate bill that would finally exclude Industrial hemp from is Cousin Marijuana in turn letting farmers take one more step towards growing this necessary commodity in the United States.
Senator Wyden (R-Or) lead the way by first introducing an amendment to the Farm Bill that was sadly left out. However this new stand alone bill could bring a new found enthusiasm by bringing hemp to the spot light and not hidden behind the enormous 2012 Farm Bill.
It’s a step in the right direction! Bravo Senators, Bravo!
Here is the original article by Ramsey Cox.
Senators from Oregon, Kentucky and Vermont put fourth a bill on Thursday that would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the bill, which has three co-sponsors — Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
S. 3501 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that hemp is not a drug, despite being part of the marijuana plant family. Hemp has much lower levels of THC, the chemical in marijuana plants that make people high.
Wyden tried to offer an amendment doing the same thing to the Senate passed farm bill in June, but it was ruled non-germane by leadership.
“I firmly believe that American farmers should not be denied an opportunity to grow and sell a legitimate crop simply because it resembles an illegal one,” Wyden said. “Raising this issue has sparked a growing awareness of exactly how ridiculous the U.S.’s ban on industrial hemp is. I’m confident that if grassroots support continues to grow and Members of Congress continue to hear from voters then common sense hemp legislation can move through Congress in the near future.”
Industrial hemp is a booming business in Oregon, where it’s used to make ropes, lotion, plastics and clothes among other things. But technically the federal government could crack down since hemp is still categorized as a controlled substance.
Oregon, Washington and Colorado all have ballot measure this November on whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana, setting up another fight between federal law and state laws if the ballot measures are passed.