Is This The Year That Congress Finally Says The Word "Hemp?"

It’s that time of year again.
Texas Republican Ron Paul, along with ten co-sponsors, is seeking once again to allow for the commercial farming of industrial hemp.
House Bill 1866, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, would exclude low potency varieties of cannabis from federal prohibition.  If approved, this measure would 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 1866 would remove existing federal barriers and allow states that wish to regulate commercial hemp production the authority to do so.
Upon introducing the bill in Congress, Rep. Paul said: “It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, from competing in the global industrial hemp market. Indeed, the founders of our nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. … I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.”
Is Congress listening?
Previous versions of The Industrial Hemp Farming Act were introduced in both the 108th and 109th Congress, but failed to receive a public hearing or a committee vote. In short, members of Congress decided that this issue was not even worth talking about!
But times have changed. The U.S. economy is down and unemployment is up. Further, we have a President who is championing the notion of ‘green’ (environmentally friendly) job growth. (And who has even appointed one of our own to serve as his special advisor.)
Will this be enough to finally convince members of Congress to break their silence and utter the “H” word? Why not ask them yourself?

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  1. I believe the mothers story to be a lie, Your son was not addicted to Marijuana and Marijuana alone, Maybe you don’t even have a son. Marijuana does not do that to people. End of story

  2. To number 51- Hey Ed-I agree with you, it sounds like a another MARIJUANA PROHIBITIONIST at work. But if it is true, there had to be more than marijuana involved in this situation and to much mind control on the religious side and fear of a supreme entity to feel guilty about everything this person did in his life. No one twists another person arm to use drugs legal or not. His individuality was always in constant control. You sure don’t make me feel like a bastard. Another ending to the story.

  3. Dear Brian:
    Thank you for your letter regarding industrial hemp farming. I recognize your concern for this issue, and I appreciate you taking the time to contact me.
    As you know, many industrialized nations differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana, and legislation has been proposed during previous Congresses which would create such a distinction in the United States. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would exclude industrial hemp from the official definition of “marijuana” under the Controlled Substances Act. In addition, it would grant authority to states which regulate the production of hemp to categorize any given plant as either industrial hemp or marijuana.
    The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, H.R. 1866, was introduced on April 2, 2009, and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, on which I serve, and the House Committee on the Judiciary where it is pending further action. Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should the House of Representatives consider the H.R. 1866 during this legislative session.
    Thank you once again for contacting me regarding hemp production. To learn more about my work in Congress, or to sign up for periodic e-mail updates, please visit my website at http://www.house.gov/matsui.
    Sincerely,
    DORIS O. MATSUI
    Member of Congress

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