22 Apr Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 Filed in the US Senate
Senate Bill 134, or the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015” is aiming to legalize industrial hemp cultivation nationwide by removing hemp (containing 0.3% THC or less) from the Schedule I controlled substances list.
The bill has bipartisan support and is sponsored by Sen Ron Wyden, with co-sponsors Senators McConnell, Jeff Merkley and Rand Paul.
According to The Daily Chronic: “The U.S. ban on hemp farming is an outrageous restriction on free enterprise and does nothing but hurt economic growth and job creation,” Sen. Wyden said. “Our bipartisan, common-sense bill is pro-environment, pro-business, and pro-farmer. Congress must act to empower farmers and boost economic activity across the country. As I’ve always said, if you can buy it in Oregon, you should be able to grow it in Oregon.”
Confusingly enough, while hemp is illegal to grow in most of the United States, hemp grown in other countries can be imported and sold throughout the US. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 hopes to fix this.
Bills similar to SB 134 have been proposed before and were relatively quick to fail, however the nation’s view of cannabis has drastically changed in the past few years. Some notable reasons for this change in perspective include CNN’s documentary“Weed” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the increasing amount of research being performed on cannabinoids for epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and more.