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house Bill H.R. 525

Should You Be Able To Grow Pot — As Long As It's For Industrial Hemp?

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.

Dan's Opinion
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03/13/2015
Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. It should not matter whether or not people smoke it because it poses no threat to public safety and health. The hemp plant is versatile and its potential for industrial use cannot be overlooked. The jobs that could be created from the industrial use far outweighs any potential for clandestine marijuana use. There is already a black market for marijuana therefore how would growing hemp create a black market.
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Pappa's Opinion
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03/13/2015
We should legalize all controlled substances and tax them. Whatever people are trying to use, if it legal, we track the activity; also we can take the activity away from the barons of these activities.
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Gary a's Opinion
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03/14/2015
Hemp has been known as a durable and reliable material for rope fiber for over a century.
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Argument opposed

Marijuana is a dangerous drug and hemp is related to marijuana. Despite the restrictions that this bill has put in place, it would be easy for hemp growers to keep and hide marijuana. This is asking for a black market to occur.

jamest209's Opinion
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03/13/2015
Marijuana should be legalized for recreational use of the plant as well as for hemp. This bill is a waste of time and efforts should be focused on legalizing the whole plant instead of making the laws on it more convoluted.
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Spider-Man's Opinion
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05/16/2015
Legalize marijuana as a whole. Not just the plant. That's like regulating a computer for games only. You're limiting the potential revenue from marijuana if you just allow the hemp to be used.
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Brian's Opinion
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03/13/2015
Make it legal or illegal but don't simply get technical or gray .
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 26th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 525?

This bill seeks to allow the growing of cannabis plants for 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 bill by distinguishing that “marihuana,” the wonderfully archaic spelling that appears in the Controlled Substances Act, does not include industrial hemp. It then goes on to define industrial hemp as any part of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.


The bill also limits the THC concentration in industrial hemp to .3% of its dry weight. The bill makes clear however, that any pot plant growing must 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. 525

A CBO cost estimate for is unavailable.

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In Depth:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who is, like sponsoring Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky — has been a big backer of hemp in recent years. Last year, the DEA blocked a shipment of hemp (250 lbs of hemp seeds to be exact) into the Kentucky. Though it was legal in Kentucky at the time, they said it didn’t have proper import permits. McConnell interceded on the seeds’ behalf.

The hemp crusaders in Congress might just be taking after the founding fathers — George Washington did indeed grow hemp

Of Note: 

Hemp is currently legal in 19 states, Massie and McConnell’s Kentucky included. According to VoteHemp, around $43.5 million in hemp foodstuffs are sold in the U.S. annually.


Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol—THC in the common parlance—is a psychoactive compound found on pot that gives users a high. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most pot has a concentration of about 15 percent. Suffice to say, no one would get high off smoking this cannabis.


Though this bill legalizes hemp production, it does nothing for marijuana. That’s still illegal under federal law. 


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

Politico

The Cannabist

Slate

The National Conference of State Legislatures (Context)


(Summary by James Helmsworth)
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Ryan Leighty)

AKA

Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

Official Title

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

    Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. It should not matter whether or not people smoke it because it poses no threat to public safety and health. The hemp plant is versatile and its potential for industrial use cannot be overlooked. The jobs that could be created from the industrial use far outweighs any potential for clandestine marijuana use. There is already a black market for marijuana therefore how would growing hemp create a black market.
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    Marijuana should be legalized for recreational use of the plant as well as for hemp. This bill is a waste of time and efforts should be focused on legalizing the whole plant instead of making the laws on it more convoluted.
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    Legalize marijuana as a whole. Not just the plant. That's like regulating a computer for games only. You're limiting the potential revenue from marijuana if you just allow the hemp to be used.
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    We should legalize all controlled substances and tax them. Whatever people are trying to use, if it legal, we track the activity; also we can take the activity away from the barons of these activities.
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    Hemp has been known as a durable and reliable material for rope fiber for over a century.
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    Make it legal or illegal but don't simply get technical or gray .
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    We should be able to grow and sell what you want to who you want. It's called free trade.
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    This bill is missing the point. It's asking to be abused, and will only divert law enforcement from more important matters. If we're going to legalize pot, just legalize pot.
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    Hemp is not marijuana and does not have enough THC to get you high. Hemp is an extremely useful and versatile material. Even George Washington grew hemp. This will only provide more economic opportunities. It should be passed now because it's less likely to receive opposition from Republicans while a larger bill to legalize all forms of marijuana gets passed.
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    The reason why we illegalized the hemp industry was because it was a threat to our lobbying timber industry. Hemp is far more efficient in its cultivation and manufacture of products than timber, and it isn't as damaging to the environment.
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    A tiny step towards not putting thousands of non-violent people in jail, it's a plan that has no negative effect on society.
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    Starting the conversation now on the benefits of growing these types of plants before legalizing the full extent will help in smooth over public opinion.
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    The wording of this question frustrates me. "Should you be able the grow POT as long as it's for industrial hemp?" It's not the same, cannabis and hemp. How about, Should you be able to grow industrial hemp as long as it doesn't qualify as cannabis?
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    Pot is illegal, growing it is legal
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    Legalize the entire plant. It's a plant...
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    You should be able to grow for you and anyone else its from the earth what's the problem
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    I don't smoke pot and I don't hang out with people who do. However, I also don't see what the real issue is. Legalize marijuana and be done. Of all the illegal drugs out there, marijuana is the one drug we shouldn't be dealing with. Just get it over with already.
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    Sounds good on the surface, but how much time, how many federal agents and agencies, and how much of US citizens' tax dollars do you want to waste on monitoring this product? Other products can be grown for listed uses.
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    Referring to marijuana as a dangerous drug is a matter of opinion and there will always be a black market in any economy. At this rate, gaining any type of revenue from something of this much popularity is bound to be profitable. Break away from the focus of the money that will be siphoned off the bottom and keep in mind the massive amounts of profit we stand to make on top if we embrace this movement.
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    We should be able to grow our own marijuana, period. Regardless of what our intention is you've got to remember it's still just a plant that grows naturally from the earth.
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