Industrial Hemp will soon be a reality in America again, and hopefully we will once more be the leading Nation in its production. Let's make it happen now. A bill has made it to the Senate floor which includes defining industrial hemp, a cousin plant to Canabis Sativa (Marijuana), as seperate from the THC producing Marijuana plant. It would require all industrial hemp to contain less than .3% THC dry-weight content which is far too little to produce any effects; Tobacco will give you a bigger 'high'.
It was first introduced as a HR in 2005 by Dr. Paul but failed to even make it to a vote. Again in 2007 he reintroduced it, and again it did not even come to a vote - though it had gained 13 cosponsers. 2009, same deal. No hearing or vote, but now we had 23 cosponsers. In 2011, for the last time Dr Paul introduced the HR, with 22 introducing cosponsers, and it was again shunned. At the close of the Congressional session, Dr Paul and Barney Franks retired the HR, with 37 final cosponsers. It has also been neglected with the same disdain in the Senate, though this years version , introduced by Senator Wyden (D-OR), gained the support of Senators Rand Paul (R) & Mitch McConnell (R) of KY, Jeff Merkley (D) of OR, and Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Saunders (I) of VT.
There is still a current HR and SR, nearly matching, that will never leave committee or get a vote, 'The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013' and it's Senate counterpart, HR 525 and S 359.
Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 - Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana." Defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Deems Cannabis sativa L. to meet that concentration limit if a person grows or processes it for purposes of making industrial hemp in accordance with state law.
S 359 (the last line is added compared to the House version):
Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 - Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana." Defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-nine tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Deems Cannabis sativa L. to meet that concentration limit if a person grows or processes it for purposes of making industrial hemp in accordance with state law, unless the Attorney General determines that the state law is not reasonably calculated to comply with such definition.
Enter Senator Ron Wyden, again. He wrote a nearly matching amendment to last years farming bill, but it failed to be attached before the bill passed. This year it has been attached, to S 3240, this years farm bill. It would disallow the federal government from prohibiting a states Right to produce industrial hemp, something at least 8 states have expressed a desire to do and as many as 28 have proposed legislation to allow.
The federal government has no jurisdiction to tell States they cannot grow one of our oldest American commodities; it is in direct violation of the 10th Amendment, part of our Bill of Rights. Just like alcohol prohibition, the prohibition of marijuana requires a Constitutional Amendment to be legal, yet has none. This is why it continually is denied even a vote in our federal congress... But this isn't even marijuana, it cannot get you 'high', and has abundant industrial and agrarian purposes, from paper and building materials to textiles and oil or even food-stuffs, like soybeans can be used to create.
The US Declaration of Independance is written on hemp, and it was what sailed the Mayflower to America. Hemp is grown in every modernized nation of Earth, exept ours. And as Senator Wyden himself said, "...what's important is that people see... there is someone buying it at Costco in Oregon. I adopted what I think is a modest position, which is if you can buy it in a store in Oregon, our farmers should be able to make some money growing it." Personally, I couldn't agree more.
Below is a cut and paste letter to send your Senators urging their support of American industry and agriculture by recognizing the difference in marijuana and industrial hemp. Please send it, and if you need help figuring out how or who they are, PM me and I will be glad to help.
Support US Farmers, Allow Industrial Hemp Cultivation
Please support Senator Wyden's amendment to the Federal Farm Bill to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp. This amendment would grant 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 this amendment would remove existing federal barriers and allow these states and others the authority to do so without running afoul of federal anti-drug laws.
According to the U.S. Congressional Resource Service, the United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop. As a result, U.S. companies that specialize in hempen goods must import hemp material from foreign sources, such as Canada, Europe, and China. These added production costs are then passed on to the consumer who must pay artificially high retail prices for hemp products.
Passage of this common-sense proposal will help to stimulate the economy, create jobs, and enable U.S. farmers to grow a low maintenance alternative crop.
Or feel free to write your own, particularly if you can custom tailor it to your particular senator (make it a states Rights issue, economic issue, farmer support issue, ecological water management issue, US production issue, etc, whichever may most appeal to them). I am also happy to assist with this as well.
Please help our farmers, workers, and States by supporting adding a commodity that is banned for absolutely no logical reason other than to help chemical companies, like Dow, maintain a stranglehold on industry.