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47 U.S. Representatives Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Farming Act

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Vote Hemp, a major grassroots hemp advocacy group, on Thursday announced the introduction of complementary bills in the U.S. House and Senate, S. 134 and H.R. 525, titled the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015,” with support on both sides of the political aisle. The Act would remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.

“With bi-partisan support in the Senate and House, we are eager to see 2015 be the year Congress finally passes comprehensive legislation to legalize industrial hemp farming,” said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp. “Historic progress has been made on the issue this past year, as farmers in Vermont, Colorado and Kentucky planted hemp in 2014 thanks to Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, which allowed states that have legalized the crop to grow research and pilot hemp crops.”

The Senate bill was introduced on January 8, 2015, by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The House bill was introduced on Wednesday, January 21, by U.S. Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.)

“I’ve heard from countless Kentuckians about the success of our initial 2014 industrial hemp pilot programs and university studies in the Commonwealth,” said McConnell. “I am especially proud that Representative Massie and I were able to work together in making those projects possible on the federal level via the 2014 Farm Bill. I support this legislation and look forward to seeing industrial hemp prosper in the Commonwealth.”

Allowing farmers ... to cultivate industrial hemp and benefit from its many uses will boost our economy and bring much-needed jobs to the agriculture industry.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
The 2014 Farm Bill permitted these pilot programs in states that have already passed laws allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp. Currently, this applies to 21 states, including Kentucky, that have defined hemp as distinct from drug varieties of Cannabis like marijuana.

“My vision for the farmers and manufacturers of Kentucky is to see us start growing hemp, creating jobs and leading the nation in this industry again. Allowing farmers throughout our nation to cultivate industrial hemp and benefit from its many uses will boost our economy and bring much-needed jobs to the agriculture industry,” Paul said.

Other states that can currently take advantage of the pilot program and could benefit from the passage of this bill include California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

However, only three of these states, Colorado, Kentucky, and Vermont, planted hemp research crops in 2014.

According to Vote Hemp, H.R. 525 was introduced with 47 co-sponsors, a record for this type of legislation. Co-sponsors include Amash (R-Mich.), Barr (R-Ky.), Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Bonamici (D-Ore.), Buck (R-Colo.), Cartwright (D-Penn.), Clay (D-Mo.), Cohen (D-Tenn.), Cramer (R-N.D.), DeFazio (D-Ore.), DeGette (D-Colo.), DeLauro (D-Conn.), DelBene (D-Wash.), Ellison (D-Minn.), Farr (D-Calif.), Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Hanna (R-N.Y.), Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Honda (D-Calif.), Labrador (R-Idaho), Lee (D-Calif.), Lofgren (D-Calif.), McClintock (R-Calif.), McCollum (D-Minn.), McDermott (D-Wash.), Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Nadler (D-N.Y.), O’Rourke (D-Texas), Perry (R-Penn.), Peterson (D-Minn.), Pingree (D-Maine), Pocan (D-Wis.), Polis (D-Colo), Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Ryan (D-Ohio), Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Schrader (D-Ore.), Stivers (R-Ohio), Young (R-Ind.), Walz (D-Minn.), Welch (D-Vt.), Yarmuth (D-Ky.), Yoho (R-Fla.), Young (R-Ind.), Young (R-Alaska), and Zinke (R-Mont.).

Is your representative on this list? Is your state one of the 21 states that have removed legal barriers to the cultivation of industrial hemp?

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71 comments
rollacosta2
rollacosta2

Please fully read the information available before commenting. This is industrial hemp, no THC, it is ineffective as a drug, it's a crop that can be used to make paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, and fuel. It requires no pesticides or herbicides controls and produces oxygen. Hemp can used to replace harmful product such as tree paper, which requires bleach to whiten it, hemp uses a non-toxic hydrogen peroxide. So, what we have here is a plant that has the potential to positively impact a clean environment, create thousands of jobs from seed to consumer, decrease gas prices and our dependence on oil, etc. We simple need to read the facts and science available, and understand this is not a drug in any way, it will not get you high. It is a crop with huge potential for economic growth while helping the environment!

Alabama Independent
Alabama Independent

@rollacosta2  As with any "new" product or idea that threatens the status quo, those businesses which see competition from a commodity they cannot control must be "demonized" in order to keep the people in the dark. Admittedly, I have not researched Hemp, and can only assume the Article is being honest, and that rollacosta2's comments likewise have credence.

But if industrial Hemp has this many economic opportunities, the people need to start demanding that it be legalized - with the laws written in a manner where Hemp cannot be used to make a cheap drug that might be harmful to unknowing users. The economic status of our nation is not good. We need to be willing to take risks with this commodity and utilize it to create those jobs, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and helps the environment as well.

Alabama Independent
Alabama Independent

I'm not against the medical use of marijuana. If it will provide a few hours of pain free life to a terminally ill patient, how can anyone call themselves a Christian who would deny such?


This is what I like about being a Independent. I'm not tied down to a conservative position on one issue, or a liberal issue on another.


I take the issues on their individual merit, and go from there. It's not fence straddling - its called being a INDEPENDENT. 

me
me

THIS IS NOT POT!!!!!


Some of you didn't read the article very closely. If you had read it you would have learned that they are talking about hemp that has no thc and isn't the same as POT hemp. You could smoke this stuff all day long and not get a buzz.  This hemp was grown during WW2 to make rope and cloth. It has many uses such as oil and cloth. It could replace much of the cotton is currently being grown and it requires no chemicals to grow this...thus big  chemical companies are against it.

Robert Breisch
Robert Breisch

hemp interferes with oil production profits.and fabrics like cotton-as its far easier to grow,last way longer and as a biofuel outperforms oil

Glenn Vincent Stearns
Glenn Vincent Stearns

Agree with all you said and add that it is a superior textile that was railroaded out of the competition because the cotton owners were well established and had the clout to freeze out hemp. Ford made a car out of hemp that was stronger and lighter than steel. It still exists and has no rust.

Mike Bowman
Mike Bowman

Genetically modify it so you can't get a buzz out of it. Then I say it could be legalized

Rick Heilman
Rick Heilman

The picture does not show any kind of a hemp plant.

Robert Miner
Robert Miner

We do not need this people are crazy enough without more access to drugs.

me
me

THIS ISNT DRUGS YOU MORON

Lauma Solakis
Lauma Solakis

Legalize yes, and outlaw the most destructive drug - nicotine

Larry Shumaker
Larry Shumaker

When 1% of the population has 50% of the assets and is projected to grow to 90% you don't see anything sinister???

rodadams46
rodadams46

@THEMMEXCHANGE @ivn A Vision of the Paradise to come! The meek shall inherit the Earth! Thou shalt NOT kill! Can't Christians+Muslims READ??

Erin Christine
Erin Christine

It's actually illegal because DuPont, Andrew Mellon, and Gulf Corp, knew that there is a way to make plastic out of hemp. The Ways and Means Committee was created because of this and was how they passed the 1937 Tax Act and shut down the Kentucky Hemp Growers Assoc. Hemp is classified as a narcotic when in fact u would have to smoke about an acre to achieve the same high as a joint. There's plenty of information out there people!

Pat Nussbaum
Pat Nussbaum

I'm all for legalizing recreational hemp.

Dennis Mesecher
Dennis Mesecher

It is not quite as sinister as hemp growers who espouse growing. That is lobbyist talk.

Dennis Mesecher
Dennis Mesecher

I support agriculture and hemp is another crop. It isn't exactly like most crops, so I expect more strict rules to safeguard public health. I believe hemp should be part of our agriculture products.

Jeff Opalka
Jeff Opalka

Hemp should be a non issue. There is a distinction that any idiot could make between hemp and recreational marijuana. Then again , I'm probably expecting to much from elected officials.

Shirley Hayden
Shirley Hayden

Maybe you just granted me understanding of this issue.

Shirley Hayden
Shirley Hayden

I have never understood the problem with raising hemp. "It's rope, not dope."

Kered Ffuh
Kered Ffuh

U gotta smoke alot just to feel it

Gene Chaas
Gene Chaas

Hemp makes great biodiesel and bioheat. It should not be illegal to grow. WR Grace's payola has long been spent. Let the farmers grow.

Suzanne Hare
Suzanne Hare

Make it legal. Hemp is a very good product in many ways.

Ronald B Cadby
Ronald B Cadby

It's sad and shameful that 'permission' is even needed for this non-harmful product....period. This product's competitors have succeeded in fooling the public with their lies. The losers are the public.

Connie Purinton
Connie Purinton

We are a force now, moving forward quickly ,our economy could use the jobs , and the whole plant needs tone utilized to its full potential.

Lisa Chase Farkass
Lisa Chase Farkass

Seriously, who are the idiots who are against?? :( they would cut off their nose to spite their face.... :(

Scott Bailey
Scott Bailey

Why would anyone who isn't some lobbyist oppose it?