Oregon Senators Want Feds To Legalize Hemp

, Posted: Fri, February 15 2013 at 6:23 PM, Updated: Fri, February 15 2013 at 6:58 PM

Two Oregon senators are pushing to passing a bill that would legalize industrial hemp.

The bill would reverse a 50 year old prohibition, granting states the power to regulate cultivation of industrial hemp. "Unfortunately, there are some dumb regulations that are hurting economic growth and job creation, and the ban on growing industrial hemp is certainly one of them." Wyden said

Industrial hemp is not the same as it's cousin in the cannabis family, which is used for medical purposes because the tetrahydrocannabino (THC) levels are much lower.

In 2009, Oregon senate bill 676 was passed, making it legal in the state to produce hemp but farmers haven't since growing a large crop could land a person behind bars for a very long time if prosecuted by the federal government.

Below is a link the the 2009 bill:

http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measures/sb0600.dir/sb0676.a.html

Kentucky passed a bill on Thursday. Below is a link to the republicans who backed the bill.

http://www.paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=707

 

 

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