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Federal House Approves Hemp Cultivation For Research Before Farm Bill Died

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federal farm bill hemp amendment researchIt was a wild day for federal hemp legislation. Earlier today I posted a message from Dan Riffle explaining that there would be a vote today to add an amendment to the federal farm bill allowing hemp cultivation research. I was excited when I saw that the amendment had passed, which was then shortly followed by a bitter sweet moment when the farm bill was voted down. It was bitter sweet because, while I liked the hemp amendment, I was glad to see that Monsanto did not get what they wanted when the farm bill died. The article below explains more:

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

UPDATE: For unrelated reasons, the final House version of the FARRM bill was voted down this afternoon, we’ll keep you updated as this situation evolves.

This morning, the United States House of Representatives approved an amendment to H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (The FARRM Bill), that will allow for the cultivation of hemp for academic research at universities and colleges. This would only apply to states that have already passed legislation allowing for industrial hemp production.

The amendment, sponsored by Representatives Polis (D-CO), Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom Massie (R-KY), was approved by a 225-200 vote, with over 60 Republicans supporting it.

“Industrial hemp is an important agricultural commodity, not a drug,” said Rep. Polis. “My bipartisan, common-sense amendment, which I’ve introduced with Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would allow colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes in states where industrial hemp growth and cultivation is already legal. Many states, including Colorado, have demonstrated that they are fully capable of regulating industrial hemp. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. The first American flag was made of hemp. And today, U.S. retailers sell over $300 million worth of goods containing hemp—but all of that hemp is imported, since farmers can’t grow it here. The federal government should clarify that states should have the ability to regulate academic and agriculture research of industrial hemp without fear of federal interference. Hemp is not marijuana, and at the very least, we should allow our universities—the greatest in the world—to research the potential benefits and downsides of this important agricultural commodity.”

The House and the Senate must now conference to reconcile differences between the two versions of the bill. Please take a moment of your time to call your Senators and urge them to support this important amendment and keep it in the final version of the legislation. You can click here to easily find the email and phone number for your Senators.

NORML will keep you updated as this proposal moves forward.

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  1. damn….i’ve thought about this same thing, but never mentioned it. it will defintely cause some problems here in the bluegrass state. i’ve been trying to figure out ways to keep this from happening, i.e. plastic covers, camo cheese cloth, anything. suggestions anyone?

  2. If they wanted to stamp out any clandestine outdoor gardens growing the THC loaded variety, watch that happens should they start planting industrial hemp in large plantings in these various states. Now remember this variety is grown to maturity with both sexes fully developed in the same fields. So long about some time prior to the late summer – early fall harvest it would be possible to see CLOUDS of male hemp pollen freely blowing in the wind to who-knows-where from these large scale plantings fertilizing ALL female cannabis & hemp plants in the immediate area, which would bring absolute terror to any….other kind of “hemp” farmer, especially the THC farmers. Think about it….

    Also check that list and see how your reps voted. If any of them voted against this and they cite this as somehow connected to the THC producing variety as the reason for their negative vote, this person is much too stupid, dare I say ignorant & dumb to be serving in ANY public office, let alone one in which you’d think intelligence would be a plus as well as a prerequisite. Tell me there aren’t any of those in Congress, will you??

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