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Published On: Tue, Jun 12th, 2012

Rand Paul to co-sponsor Industrial hemp amendment

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has joined Democratic Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon to co-sponsor the “Industrial hemp amendment” (S.AMDT.2220) to the Farm Bill (S.3240).

 

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Kentucky.com reports, the amendment would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, allowing American farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Under the amendment, the cultivation of industrial hemp would be regulated by state permitting programs, like North Dakota’s, and would not impact the federal government’s long-standing prohibition of marijuana.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said, “I am grateful to Senators Paul and Wyden on their leadership on this important issue. Kentucky was a leader in industrial hemp production two generations ago, and today Kentucky is leading the way toward restoring hemp to its rightful place as a legal and viable farm product.”
 
 
According to the Weed Blog, President of Vote Hemp, Eric Steenstra said, “This is the first time that language supporting hemp has come to the floor of the House or Senate for a vote since the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970. The time is past due for the Senate as well as President Obama and the Attorney General to prioritize the crop’s benefits to farmers and to take action like Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) and the cosponsors of H.R. 1831 have done. With the U.S. hemp industry valued at over $400 million in annual retail sales and growing, a change in federal policy to allow hemp farming would mean instant job creation, among many other economic and environmental benefits”.
 
 
To date, 31 states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and 17 have passed laws.

 
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    […] summer, Senator Rand Paul co-sponsored an industrial hemp amendment with Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden that would  would exclude industrial hemp from the […]

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