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house Bill H.R. 3530

Should the Feds Remove Industrial Hemp From the List of Controlled Substances?

Argument in favor

Hemp is a versatile plant that can be used to make everything from clothes to ropes to paper. We shouldn’t ban use of this plant just because some people are worried that somebody will smoke it.

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10/21/2017
This crop would single-handedly alleviate the crisis in Agriculture today. Three to four crops a year can be grown. It does not require pesticides or herbicide and it can grow in almost any soil conditions, including gravel. It takes quick root, so it can be used for soil stabilization projects, such as along highways. You could grow it along the highways and the Counties and States could harvest it (Contract it out) to make money. An entire house can be built out of hemp materials, except for windows, electrical and plumbing. Can make hempcrete to build housing, buildings, etc. This crop could save the world from its destructive ways.
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Steve's Opinion
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10/21/2017
It’s absurd. It has no psychoactive qualities. It was made illegal so the Duponts could sell the government nylon rope.
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Cindy's Opinion
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10/21/2017
Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops in the US. The pluses of hemp far outweigh any negatives. Hemp is cultivated for fiber and seed and the THC content is far lower than that in cultivated marijuana. It has many uses in manufacturing, but it is mostly exported rather than capitalized on because of US law. There is a possibility that hemp based products could replace plastics which are an extreme hazard to our environment. If industrial hemp was not so controlled there would be a huge market for it as farmers would be given the freedom to grow it, companies could use it in manufacturing and research could be open for further uses. If controls were removed from hemp, Donald Trump could claim thousands and thousands of new jobs and economic growth.
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Argument opposed

Marijuana is a dangerous drug and hemp is related to marijuana. Despite this bill's restrictions, it would be easy for hemp growers to keep and hide marijuana to sell on the black market.

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10/22/2017
Hemp is different than cannabis everyone... legalize the plants
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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10/21/2017
Keep it a controlled substance. If it is used without restriction it will be widely abused. It’s controlled now and it is abused.
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Marilyn's Opinion
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10/21/2017
Needs controlled. Keep watching this industry.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJuly 28th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3530?

This bill would allow for the industrial production of hemp — a material that can be refined into things like bird seed, oil, wax, resin, rope, clothing, paper, and fuel. The creation of hemp would be protected in this by excluding hemp from the Controlled Substances Act's definition of marijuana. It then goes on to define industrial hemp as any part of the Cannabis Sativa L. plantThe bill would also limit the THC concentration in industrial hemp to .3% of its dry weight. All cannabis grown would have to be in compliance with state law.

Impact

People who grow cannabis plants, industrial hemp growers, people with land interested in the growing game, law enforcement, the paper and textile industries.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3530

A CBO cost estimate for is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. James Comer (R-KY) introduced this bill to allow for the industrial production of hemp, saying it would be "a huge step forward" by reclassifying hemp as an "agricultural crop like corn or soybeans". He added that will allow the hemp industry to grow in a variety of ways:
"There are a million things you can do with hemp, and people want to invest in processing it, but they're scared to because it's a controlled substance."
This legislation has the support of 30 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including 17 Democrats and 13 Republicans.

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AKA

Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.

    This crop would single-handedly alleviate the crisis in Agriculture today. Three to four crops a year can be grown. It does not require pesticides or herbicide and it can grow in almost any soil conditions, including gravel. It takes quick root, so it can be used for soil stabilization projects, such as along highways. You could grow it along the highways and the Counties and States could harvest it (Contract it out) to make money. An entire house can be built out of hemp materials, except for windows, electrical and plumbing. Can make hempcrete to build housing, buildings, etc. This crop could save the world from its destructive ways.
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    Hemp is different than cannabis everyone... legalize the plants
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    It’s absurd. It has no psychoactive qualities. It was made illegal so the Duponts could sell the government nylon rope.
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    Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops in the US. The pluses of hemp far outweigh any negatives. Hemp is cultivated for fiber and seed and the THC content is far lower than that in cultivated marijuana. It has many uses in manufacturing, but it is mostly exported rather than capitalized on because of US law. There is a possibility that hemp based products could replace plastics which are an extreme hazard to our environment. If industrial hemp was not so controlled there would be a huge market for it as farmers would be given the freedom to grow it, companies could use it in manufacturing and research could be open for further uses. If controls were removed from hemp, Donald Trump could claim thousands and thousands of new jobs and economic growth.
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    I'm in favor of cannabis, much less industrial hemp. Those loving the slave owning forefathers like Jefferson, he grew hemp. It grows nearly wild on Reservation lands, so, of course, the DEA burns it rather than let the First Nations have a means to survive. We have got to take care of each other and that includes all people of color including our Native Americans.
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    We have to get over the propaganda of the past an learn from our ancestors that used this product for everything from clothes to tools. With science we have found many more uses for this great weed that can grow virtually anywhere. Just because most use it for one reason should not be put on the back burner. It’s a clean product unlike polyester and Other synthetics that harm our environment.
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    Hemp is very important in our way of life today. The use of hemp has a huge variety of things that it could help us with. With Hemp we can create items like: clothing, garbage bags, shoes, and other great product. A regular Hemp farm could bring more then 3x of useable materials then one of a cotton farm. Hemp could bring more jobs if it were to be used by companies. Hemp is great for the environment and should be made legal so companies are able to use them.
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    I won’t even start on some of the things on the list of controlled substances but Hemp should have been off it long ago.
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    For the dumbasses that think hemp is marijuana they need to go back to damn School it is two separate type of plants one has THC the other don't have any type of chemicals in it
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    This bill add to the economy of western states.
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    Stop controlling substances. What kind of tyrants declare themselves the Czars of What Things People Can't Use? Why would anyone congratulate themselves for telling free people "Hey, this plant is off limits"? Who on earth put you in charge of what plants someone else can and cannot use?? Am I really the only one that hears how ridiculous that sounds? Am I the only one who sees how morally indefensible that is?
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    If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation; Then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the worlds paper and textiles; meet all of the worlds transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time... And that substance is the same one that did it all before. Cannabis Hemp...Marijuana! The emperor wears no clothes by Jack Herer, enough said...
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    The key word here is “industrial” - totally different plant than the kind you smoke. There are hundreds of commercial uses for hemp and it should be farmed as a commodity crop and not considered a controlled substance.
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    Make it happen. Representatives: DO WHAT YOUR CONSTITUENTS ELECTED YOU TO DO and not simply what you decide to do.
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    The time for this to be called a controlled substance should be over!! This plant can do way more for the good of society than all the pain killers the drug companies push down everyone’s throat!!
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    Industrial hemp is a material that ancient civilizations understood to be extremely useful. It is clear in this law that there are ample protections for the narcotic aspect of the cannabis Sedeeva plant and therefore we can be assured that this is not a Cofer way of mass legalization of marijuana for recreational use
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    It’s about damn time they made this possible. Or are they going to kill this possibility for sustainability as well?
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    Like Steve said, you want to understand why incredibly stupid ideas become law? Follow the money. Someone made lots of money by criminalizing a useful plant. And the rich get richer.....
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    The opposing point refers to marijuana as a dangerous drug. Could it be any more absurd? Industrial Hemp is not a drug and marijuana is a relatively harmless drug and arguably less harmful than alcohol. If you research why hemp was banned in the first place you'll find that it was special interests and not harm to society.
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    "Hemp is related to the Marijuana plant".. well, I'm related to a life long criminal, but that doesn't make me a bad person. I think we can save a lot of trees, and develop commerce at the same time.
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    This is a gimme. Hemp has to little of a THC content to ever be used as a drug. I think that industrial Hemp could have a great effect on our economy and its oil could possibly be used as a fuel additive. The fibers can be used to make paper thus helping to preserve our forests and the fibers can be used to make clothing and they are the preferred material to make some types of ropes. We as a nation need to get over ‘reefer madness’ and allow our farmers to grow such a renewable crop that once planted the hemp plants virtually grow like weeds.
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