The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 is often confused with the marijuana movement because hemp and marijuana both come from the cannabis plant, but the industrial hemp movement is actually completely different and can be used to make various hemp products. The bill looks to change the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act so that it will no longer be associated with hemp. Let’s look at three facts of industrial hemp.
Firstly, the bill has a very extensive history. The bill was reintroduced in 2015, but it has gone through many attempts; for instance, in 2005, Ron Paul, Pete Stark, Jim McDermott, and Raul Grijalva introduced the bill, but were unfortunately not successful. The bill was introduced again in 2007 and 2009, but it failed both times to get past the committee despite the distinction between marijuana and hemp.
Secondly, hemp has support from both parties which is very rare. Legalizing marijuana, on the other hand, typically only has support from Democrats, but both parties have been supportive of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Both parties support the economic benefits of industrial hemp may have on the United States’s agrarian industries. Here are some sponsors of the bill: Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-California)
Finally, the United States is the only industrialized country where producing hemp is illegal. At the same time, the United States is the largest consumer of products that contain hemp. What this means is that the bill would allow for this country to stop importing so many products and find more cheap and affordable options right in our backyard.
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