Feb 122013
 February 12, 2013

house bill 525 industrial hemp farming act 2013By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and 28 co-sponsors, including House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D-MN), have reintroduced legislation in Congress that requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only trace (less than one percent) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.

House Bill 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. The measure grants state legislatures the authority to license and regulate the commercial production of hemp as an industrial and agricultural commodity.

Eight states - Colorado, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia – have enacted statutory changes defining industrial hemp as distinct agricultural product and allowing for its regulated commercial production. Passage of HR 525 would remove existing federal barriers and allow these states and others the authority to do so without running afoul of federal anti-drug laws.

“Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop and could be a great economic opportunity for Kentucky farmers,” Rep. Massie stated in a press release. “Industrial hemp will give small farmers another opportunity to succeed.”

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) are supporting the introduction of a companion bill in the US Senate.

According to a Congressional Research Service report, “The United States is the only developed nation in which industrial hemp is not an established crop.”

Previous versions of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act have stalled in Congress. The issue has never before been debated in the Senate.

Additional information regarding HR 525 is available from NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here.

Source: NORML

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  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    A break on the Republican side? Excellent. A very small break to be sure. Let us widen and extend this crack.

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  • incogneatow

    Every society has it’s dark times of war and revolution, but this insane American cannabis prohibition and its resulting harm will be seen as one of our most darkest of times…

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.baranick Steve Baranick

    They r asking us to respect state law,well what if that state don’t decriminalize or even make available MMJ to people what will happen to us,i know this is hemp but same mentality,seems that people r wanting to make money for a change instead of dealers,cartels,etc.i don’t blame them it will help everybody things will get back to a decent normal but with money and jobs thats the way to go,go,go,go,,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.short.54772 Mike Short

    it stalls in congress because all those money hungry politions taking money from the the tobacco industry to keep it illegal..for there own gain..its not right if anything tobacco should be illegal it has 40,000,000 different toxins in each puff you take..