H.R. 1866 – Legalizing Industrial Hemp

H.R. 1866, introduced in the House of Representatives April 2, 2009 would once again make industrial hemp a legal crop. Authored by Republican Congressman Ron Paul and co-sponsored by both Republican and Democrat Representatives including Democrat Barney Frank, this bill is an example of what real bi-partisanship looks like.

Industrial hemp is an exceptionally versatile, profitable crop that has NO potential use as a recreational drug. Among the many potential uses of industrial hemp is the production of ethanol for fuel that will not drive up the prices of so many corn-based food products.

Urge your representative to support this bill. If there is one thing America needs it is to begin producing more tangible goods than we have lately. This is one very good way to do just that.

hemp20090403xReps Paul, Frank introduce bill to legalize industrial hemp

One of the earliest plants domesticated by man may be on the verge of a resurgence in popular production across the United States.

Industrial hemp, a non-drug variety of the cannabis plan, used for centuries for its versatile fibers, is the subject of a new bill filed by Congressmen Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA). They and eight cosponsors, both Republican and Democrat, hope to legalize the plant so American farmers can begin supplying fibers for a wide array of products, with the overreaching goal of opening a new sector in American agriculture.

To view the bill’s status, full text and list of sponsors, or to follow new developments, visit Govtrack.us.

“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,” said Representative Ron Paul during his introduction of the bill and in a media advisory issued by advocacy group VoteHemp.

“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. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and co-sponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.”

“There is strong support among key national organizations for a change in the federal government’s position on hemp,” the release said. “The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) ‘supports revisions to the federal rules and regulations authorizing commercial production of industrial hemp.’ The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has also passed a pro-hemp resolution.”

The legislation, if passed by the House and Senate, would amend the Controlled Substances act and overturn a portion of the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act which decimated America’s industrial hemp industry by simply lumping the plant in with its high-inducing counterpart, marijuana.

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