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Oct 5 12 10:33 AM
Lawmakers in both the House of
Representatives and the Senate are seeking to allow for the commercial
farming of industrial hemp by introducing the Industrial Hemp Farming
House Bill 1831,
which was introduced last year by Texas Republican Ron Paul and a
coalition of 25 co-sponsors, and SB 3501, introduced this August in the
Senate by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and three co-sponsors, would exclude
low potency varieties of marijuana from federal prohibition. If
approved, this measure will grant state legislatures the authority to
license and regulate the commercial production of hemp as an industrial
and agricultural commodity. Several states -- including North Dakota,
Montana, and Vermont -- have enacted regulations to allow for the
cultivation of hemp under state law. However, none of these laws can be
implemented without federal approval. Passage of HR 1831 would remove
existing federal barriers and allow states that wish to regulate
commercial hemp production the authority to do so.
Vote Hemp President, Eric Steenstra stated, "It is due time 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 Rep. Paul 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."
According to a 2010 Congressional Resource Service report,
"approximately 30 countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South
America currently permit farmers to grow hemp." But the United States
does not. As a result, U.S. companies that specialize in hempen goods
have no choice but to import hemp material. These added production costs
are then passed on to the consumer who must pay artificially high
retail prices for hemp products.
Previous versions of The Industrial Hemp Farming Act have been introduced in the House, but failed to receive a public hearing or a committee vote. This is the first year the issue has ever been introduced in the Senate. Please
write your members of Congress today and tell them to end the federal
prohibition of industrial hemp production. For your convenience, a
prewritten letter will be e-mailed to your member of Congress when you
enter your contact information below. For more information about
industrial hemp, please visit: http://www.votehemp.org.
Thank you for assisting NORML's federal law reform efforts.
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