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New Version of Farm Bill Passes House:

On July 11, 2013, the House of Representatives passed a new version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642. This measure passed by a vote of 216 to 208. It was a bipartisan amendment to the Farm Bill introduced by Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado; Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon; and Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky.

The Farm Bill and Hemp

One amendment to the Farm Bill that passed allows universities to cultivate hemp for academic and cultural research. This only affects states where industrial hemp farming is already permitted under state law. Nine states have recognized industrial hemp as a distinct version of hemp and have removed barriers to production. These include Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia.

Dangers of Raids

As the representatives pointed out to their colleagues in their letter, hemp is not the same thing as marijuana, and poses no risk as a drug due to its extremely low levels of THC. Despite the legalization of industrialized hemp, farmers are still at risk of raids if they grow this crop on their farms because many agencies, including federal ones, have not distinguished industrial hemp from psychoactive drugs.

Other Legislation

Previous pro-hemp legislation involving growing it on farms includes the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, introduced by then-representatives Ron Paul and Barney Frank. This bill, known as H.R. 1866, clarified the differences between marijuana (a psychoactive drug) and oilseed and fibrous varieties of hemp. Legislators are slowly beginning to realize the great resource that hemp can be; it’s sustainable and can be used to create a wide variety of products, including fabric and paper.

As it stands, there are some states that still ban the growth of industrial hemp, and the U.S. is the only developed country where this crop is still banned (albeit only in some locations). It is believed that allowing the growth of industrial hemp – and educating agencies on what is legal hemp versus what is marijuana – can go a long way toward creating jobs in a variety of different industries including creating RKI single gas monitors.

Those who oppose the growth of industrial hemp, however, do so on the grounds that hemp plants could be mixed with marijuana and that it would be difficult to tell the difference between the two plants. As some states accept the practice, more states may follow suit once the state lawmakers see its economic benefits and possible uses in commercial industries.

With the passage of the 2013 Farm Bill and state-level efforts to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana, barriers to cultivation of hemp for fabric, paper and more continue to be eroded.

Guest Blogger/Written By: Courtney Gordner Journalism at Penn State University  she can be reached on her blog, Talk Viral.  Talk Viral covers a variety of ramblings from yours truly, but also aims to provide writers with the essentials to marketing themselves as a writer, promoting themselves through Public Relations, as well as helping businesses grow from your content.

THANK YOU Courtney, we appreciate your support on this topic!!

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Teri Wallace
  1. Edgar Winters Reply

    As a foot soldier, just like my friends Jack Herrer, Capt. Eddy, Ed Rosenthal, I have been promoting Industrial Hemp since the early 80’s in promoting concerts to benefit our causes. WHEE 1and WHEE 2 presented by High Times 1997-98. Harrisburg, Oregon. Now as a farmer and consultant on hemp and cannabis, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just turn 62, I though I would never see this happening in my life time.” Knock on hemp”. Recently our company Natural Good Medicines partnership with our Congressman Earl Blumenauer to bring FARMM bill 1947a into existence. We have discussed the possibility of growing hemp in Oregon on a trial basis at OSU extensions services. We hope to know more by the end of September. Hemp-up America.

    • hempoutgirl1 Reply

      Edgar we appreciate your email, and your push on Farm Bill 1947a! Please keep us posted on your push to grow hemp in Oregon, we commend you on your push, and we support you! THANK YOU

  2. greenerga Reply

    Reblogged this on The Future is Greener.

    • hempoutgirl1 Reply

      Thank you for sharing this post with The Future is Greener… the more we can share, the future will be so much Greener!! We THANK YOU!

  3. grindersandroach Reply

    Reblogged this on Grinders & Roach.

    • hempoutgirl1 Reply

      Awesome we so appreciate taking the time to read, and sharing this post!! THANK YOU!

  4. Edgar Winters Reply

    Hello again Teri Wallace: As a past student of Anndrea Hermann Industrial Hemp WSE 266 at OSU. What a wealth of knowledge in that course. We at Natural Good Medicines are excited about what is taking place in the ihemp arena. We are putting on a conference at the end of Jan in Ashland, Oregon pertaining to Cannabis Sativa L. and Cannabis Sativa Indica about doing business in these fields. You can view this great conference at ommbc.com. Keep up the good work at Hemp Out Agency. Edgar Winters COO Natural Good Medicines.

    • Teri Wallace Reply

      Terrific to hear from you Edgar! Yes, Anndrea is doing incredible service to the Industrial Hemp industry, we so appreciate hearing from you on that and delighted that you got a ton of education in the course.

      Thank you we will look at the website link you sent us on the next conference, equally we are interested in your projects at Natural Good Medicines.. do send us more info or a website to follow up on with that as well!

      Hempiness hearing from you, thank you for reaching out to us Edgar!

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