House Approves Amendment to Allow Hemp Cultivation for Research

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director June 20, 2013

    UPDATE: For unrelated reasons, the final House version of the FARRM bill was voted down this afternoon, we’ll keep you updated as this situation evolves.

    This morning, the United States House of Representatives approved an amendment to H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (The FARRM Bill), that will allow for the cultivation of hemp for academic research at universities and colleges. This would only apply to states that have already passed legislation allowing for industrial hemp production.

    The amendment, sponsored by Representatives Polis (D-CO), Blumenauer (D-OR) and Tom Massie (R-KY), was approved by a 225-200 vote, with over 60 Republicans supporting it.

    “Industrial hemp is an important agricultural commodity, not a drug,” said Rep. Polis. “My bipartisan, common-sense amendment, which I’ve introduced with Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would allow colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes in states where industrial hemp growth and cultivation is already legal. Many states, including Colorado, have demonstrated that they are fully capable of regulating industrial hemp. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. The first American flag was made of hemp. And today, U.S. retailers sell over $300 million worth of goods containing hemp—but all of that hemp is imported, since farmers can’t grow it here. The federal government should clarify that states should have the ability to regulate academic and agriculture research of industrial hemp without fear of federal interference. Hemp is not marijuana, and at the very least, we should allow our universities—the greatest in the world—to research the potential benefits and downsides of this important agricultural commodity.”

    The House and the Senate must now conference to reconcile differences between the two versions of the bill. Please take a moment of your time to call your Senators and urge them to support this important amendment and keep it in the final version of the legislation. You can click here to easily find the email and phone number for your Senators.

    NORML will keep you updated as this proposal moves forward.

    23 responses to “House Approves Amendment to Allow Hemp Cultivation for Research”

    1. admf says:

      what is there to research about hemp that we dont allready know hemp has been used for thousands of years there is no health bennifits to it because cbd’s arnt in it there in the thc

    2. Just An Observer says:

      Who were the 200 freedom-hating congresspersons who were against this law? They need to be voted out from office and when vulnerable, targeted by a NORML PAC.

    3. CR says:

      I read on HP the the DEA was lobbying against this bill. They think crime will rise because people will steal the hemp plant to smoke. Also, they think the farmers will try to “hide” MJ plants within the fields. Check it out

    4. claygooding says:

      All smoke and mirrors,,if the bill passes the DEA will still be in charge of the permits,,and just allowing studies does not put hemp back on the open market,,so the corporations that paid to have hemp pulled off the market are still protected.

    5. Superyards says:

      I think that this will be very beneficial.

    6. Darrell says:

      I live in North Carolina where tobacco was king back in the day. Now tobacco farmers are not as common. What a boon to the economy of this state it would be if the defunct tobacco farmers were allowed to grow hemp. It could add billions to the state coffers and reduce the tax rate, which is ridiculously high. Not to mention putting out of work farmers back to work. To me it’s a win win situation.If only the government was full of people who have to live paycheck to paycheck instead of lawyers and such, then maybe things would change.

    7. Anonymous says:

      I think it is about time. Hemp will be the savior of the US Economic issues. I believe.

    8. It is about time. i think it will put the US back on top. You can make so many things from hemp. Hope the government realizes it. Thank you!

    9. Melinda says:

      Lets all grow hemp…please…