Trending Topics

Lawmakers Considering Legalization of Industrial Hemp

Legislators are considering a proposition to legalize the growing of hemp for industrial purposes, according to Forbes.

Hemp is a plant that comes from the cannabis species, the same species that includes marijuana. Activists have been trying to get the growth of hemp legalized for decades and have conducted a Hemp History Week for three years in an effort to educate people.

Oregon senator Ron Wyden has proposed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would exclude hemp from the federal definition of marijuana. “Industrial hemp is used in many healthy and sustainable consumer products. However, the federal prohibition on growing industrial hemp has forced companies to needlessly import raw materials from other countries,” Wyden said in a press release. “My amendment to the Farm Bill will change federal policy to allow U.S. farmers to produce hemp for these safe and legitimate products right here, helping both producers and suppliers to grow and improve Oregon’s economy in the process.”

The retail market for hemp is over $400 million and if this amendment is passed, hemp will be able to be grown for the first time since 1957.

What people are saying

7 thoughts on “Lawmakers Considering Legalization of Industrial Hemp

  1. Could as well cash in on those untax dollars.

  2. Mike Parent says:

    They banned it because…………………
    Proof it's not about the "Drug".

  3. Heather Bucell says:

    See mom? I told you that plant I grew in my older sister's window when she went off to college, was hemp, not marijuana. I love hemp fiber, it is amazing stuff. My favorite pillow is made with it- it's very cooling. Also have a beloved hemp sweater. I hope Oregon can take off with this legislation!

  4. Kevin Hunt says:

    In Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 12-1099, which makes industrial hemp legal in Colorado for research purposes.

  5. Elizabeth J. Price says:

    The cool thing is that this legislation isn't just about Oregon. It just happens to be our senator (Go Wyden!) is pushing it. It would change *Federal* law if it passes. I sure hope it does. It would be nice to see a drop in price for hemp fabrics and hemp foods (hemp ice cream – yum!).

  6. Malcolm Kyle says:

    At the cusp of an impending Hemp renaissance, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 – which effectively made the cultivation of hemp illegal – was due largely to the efforts of the following businessmen/entities:

    Andrew Mellon – As chairman of the Mellon Bank he was Dupont's primary investor and treasurer (1921-1932). He was also responsible for the appointment, in 1930, of his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, as head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN).

    William Randolph Hearst – Competition from hemp was a threat to Hearst's paper-manufacturing company, and he believed that hemp's renaissance would also significantly lower the value of his land (enormous timber acreage in both California and Mexico, and best suited for conventional pulp). He used his publishing empire (28 newspapers in 18 key American cities with an estimated 20 million readers) to run stories claiming that marijuana was responsible for everything from murder to loose morality.

    The DuPont family – In 1935, two years before the prohibitive hemp tax act, DuPont developed a new synthetic fiber, nylon, a direct competitor to hemp in the textile and cordage industries. DuPont was also in the process of patenting a new sulfuric acid process for producing wood-pulp paper. According to the company's own records, wood-pulp products accounted for more than 80% of all DuPont's railroad car loadings for the next 50 years.

    For their billion dollar dynasties to remain intact, these unconscionable tycoons decided that hemp had to go. Taking an obscure Mexican slang word, “marihuana,” they vehemently tarnished the good image and phenomenal history of one of God's most loving gifts to humanity. Undoubtably, one of their most effective tools was the use of Goebel-esque cinematography – Films like ‘Marihuana: Assassin of Youth’ (1935) ‘Marihuana: The Devil’s Weed’ (1936) and ‘Reefer Madness’ (1936). Using such underhanded tactics, these industrialists were able to swoon an unsuspecting American public into helping them completely kill off the competition.

    "Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days : Hashish goads users to bloodlust."

    — Hearst newspapers, nationwide, circa 1936.

    Hearst's company slogan, BTW, was: Truth, Justice, and Public Service!

    Let's put our foolish reefer-madness behind us; let's make commercial hemp, once again, the greatest economic engine of the human race!

  7. Mike Talbert says:

    The REAL reason it was prohibited is because it was competing with gasoline for the fuel market! in other countries they use it industrially. Here in the " land of the free " we are closely monitored….

Leave a Reply

Back to top