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Farm Bill Passes The U.S. House With Hemp Research Provision Intact

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industrial hemp farm billYesterday was a very good day for hemp supporters. Below is a message that I received from Vote Hemp:

We are excited to report that the Farm Bill passed in the House this morning by a vote of 251 to 166 and it includes expanded hemp provision language! This is a big first step towards allowing American farmers to once again grow industrial hemp.

Originally introduced as an amendment by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the provision allows universities, and now also state departments of agriculture, to grow hemp for academic or agricultural research purposes, but applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law. Vote Hemp was pleased with the bipartisan support for the amendment and worked with key Republican and and Democratic offices in both the House and Senate to ensure the amendment was included in the conference report, which passed the House today. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked to retain and strengthen the provision. The full text of the bill may be found at: http://www.votehemp.com/FarmBill.

We expect the Senate to pass the Farm Bill and a vote is expected as early as next week. But our work is not done until all American farmers have the right to grow hemp! Vote Hemp will continue to work to get legislation passed on the state and federal level. Once the Farm Bill has passed the Senate and is signed by the President we will also be working with state departments of agriculture and universities to get research started. They will need expert input to help craft regulations to implement the agricultural pilot programs called for in the Farm Bill’s hemp research provision.

Just because we won the right to begin research does not mean that we can let up. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lobbied heavily against the hemp amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill in advance of the floor vote. We expect further disinformation from them. So, we need to keep the pressure on to pass legislation to allow farmers to grow hemp under state law commercially.

Will you help us continue the fight? Please make a donation today and your gift will be doubled by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, who will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000!

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  • angie

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  • Jamie Guest

    run cotton farmers run! I hope they can change with the times in my valley. I keep saying it’s a lot more plant for oxygen production as well. sick of seeing dirt fields with no vegetation which means no oxygen producers…we are dying slowly. Hemp could help, get those seeds in the ground boys! (sorry bad pict of local grafitti) says “grow hemp”

  • Jefferson Scottland Munoz I

    THC potent genes, arent as fibrous but i get your point and im right there with ya. The govt’s inconsistency on this matter reveals the corruption is all im saying. MJ is a cure for cancer.

  • Mike

    Why would you want to ruin anything? THC producing and Industrial Hemp are both useful for a variety of things. I would in fact argue that the THC producing plant is more valuable due to the fact it can not only be used as medicine the leftover plant materials can be used for the same purposes Industrial Hemp can.

  • Ras Ible

    It’a about darn time! America is finally using common sense instead of politics!

  • Jefferson Scottland Munoz I

    IF the govt. wants to ruin the THC potent outdoor crops, they’ll let us grow the industrial form of hemp. Pollination is a bitch for the outdoor grower and will ruin his plan for making high quality bud.