Hope For Industrial Hemp? Group Of Senators Seeking Legislative Sanity

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director August 6, 2012

    According to Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, a group of bipartisan Senators, led by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), have filed legislation seeking to exempt industrial hemp (which, in effect, is very low potent cannabis) from the Controlled Substances Act (which, concerning cannabis specifically, is largely directed at prohibiting recreational and therapeutic use of the herb).

    Update: You can help advocate for this bill’s passage here.

    One of the most indefensible aspects of modern Cannabis Prohibition is the federal government’s continued opposition to allowing American farmers and consumers benefit from a domestic industrial hemp industry, when, ridiculously, other free market and democratic countries who also maintain user prohibitions on cannabis—countries like the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and notably Canada—allow their farmers to legally cultivate industrial cannabis. This inherently places American farmers and agriculture at a competitive disadvantage and American consumers paying higher costs for imported raw and finished hemp products.

    Senator Wyden tells The Hill:

    “I firmly believe that American farmers should not be denied an opportunity to grow and sell a legitimate crop simply because it  resembles an illegal one,” Wyden said. “Raising this issue has sparked  a growing awareness of exactly how ridiculous the U.S.’s ban on  industrial hemp is. I’m confident that if grassroots support continues to grow and Members of Congress continue to hear from voters then common sense hemp legislation can move through Congress in the near  

    Read more here.

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    14 responses to “Hope For Industrial Hemp? Group Of Senators Seeking Legislative Sanity”

    1. Galileo Galilei says:

      Sadly, ‘legislative sanity’ sounds like an oxymoron to me.

    2. Joel: the other Joel says:

      The federal government would worry that growing hemp may cause a freedom epidemic among wealthy farmers since slavery is no longer an issue.

      VOTE for your freedom!

    3. Owen says:

      Oh Joel. Slavery is STILL an issue, its still alive. Thats why America has the only “for profit” prison system in the world. Its legalized slavery.

    4. free like it should be says:

      cannabis sativa – indica – hybrid Medicine

      cannabis hemp – GAS OIL Etc. Better Cleaner


    5. Ray DiPasquale says:

      Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”
      – Henry Ford

    6. Ray DiPasquale says:

      And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.”

      – Ezekiel 34:29, Holy Bible

      And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

      – Genesis 1:12, Holy Bible

    7. RS67Man says:

      Sadly, I predict that this legislation doomed for failure. At least until the special intrests get thier filthy hands out of OUR government. I hope I am wrong…..

    8. txpeloton says:

      Legislation like this could be the foundation of a Full Spectrum Approach. The spectrum involves the THC content of cannabis. Some cannabis is not worth smoking, some of it is. We can eliminate the confusion with this simple
      definition of marijuana which actually shows respect for our Constitution:

      16. The term ‘marijuana’ means all parts
      of the smoke produced by the combustion
      of the plant Cannabis sativa L.

      For more information, google Talking Points for the Peloton.

    9. Regardless of smoking the herb the benefits hemp has to cleaner fuel and more jobs its crazy I just hope something drastic will happen while im on this planet!