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    IntroducedApril 12th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 — would allow hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC content) to be farmed and regulated as agricultural commodity that’d be eligible for crop insurance. It would exclude industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act’s definition of marijuana. Hemp fiber can be used to make many kinds of products including food, paper, cardboard, carpets, clothes, rope, and more.

States and Indian tribes would have the authority to regulate the production of hemp after providing the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) with plans to monitor land on which hemp is grown, test THC levels, dispose of hemp cannabis produced in violation of this section, and enforce related rules.

Negligent violations of hemp production rules would lead to growers being forced to comply with a corrective action plan. After three violations in a five year period, the grower would be ineligible to produce hemp for five years after the date of the third violation.

The USDA would be required to conduct a study of agricultural pilot programs related to the economic viability of domestic hemp production and the sale of industrial hemp and provide a report to Congress within 120 days.

Impact

Farmers and agricultural communities; business making products that use or could use hemp; states and Indian tribes; and the USDA.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced this bill in the hopes that hemp “can become sometime in the future what tobacco was in Kentucky’s past” for his state’s farming communities. He added:

“During the recent state work period, I talked to a number of farmers, manufacturers , and small business owners who expressed enthusiasm for hemp’s potential… Today, with my colleagues, I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would build upon the success of the hemp pilot programs and spur innovation and growth within the industry. By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers around the country.”

Original cosponsor Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) added:

“It is far past time for Congress to pass this commonsense, bipartisan legislation to end the outrageous anti-hemp, anti-farmer and anti-jobs stigma that’s been codified into law and is holding back growth in American agriculture jobs and the economy at large. Hemp products are made in this country, sold in this country and consumed in this country. Senator McConnell, our colleagues and I are going to keep pushing to make sure that if Americans can buy hemp products at the local supermarket, Americans farmers can grow hemp in this country.”

This legislation has the support of 10 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate including six Democrats, three Republicans, and one Independent.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: jessicahyde / iStock)

AKA

Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Official Title

A bill to amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to provide for State and Tribal regulation of hemp production, and for other purposes.

    This crop was made illegal in the 20’s by collusion involving Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon, DuPont (because they had invented Nylon), and Randolph Hearst (he wanted his logging operations to be the source of paper for his publications). The uses and benefits of this plant, even without the THC, are economically and environmentally significant. From impacting the opioid crisis by providing a CBD source to greener and stronger building materials to taking GHG out of the air to using less water to improving the soil where it is grown, it is quite challenging to find downsides to making the hemp plant legal. Please vote and pass ASAP!
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    I support the farming and use of hemp but, the details of this law create more bureaucracy and government overreach. The Washington establishment seems incapable of doing anything without over complicating it.
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    Hemp is a versatile, sustainable crop that should never have been made illegal in the first place. Legalizing it would be great for the economy and American farmers.
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    Hemp is a fantastic crop that can be used for virtually everything from t-shirts to lotion. The founding fathers grew it, why shouldn't we?
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    This is such a simple and really harmless act. Hemp is extremely valuable as a base ingredient for everything from food to clothing to fuel. It eliminates our need to deforrest our land. Which in turn leaves more of the Earth's natural air scrubbers to do their thing. The foods are high nutrient and antioxidant in nature. The materials made are as strong as anything we make from cotton and other plant based fibers, while being less labor intensive. Hemp derived products can often replace petroleum based products while adding the benefit of biodegradablity. It was once and should be again a cornerstone of American agriculture. Our founding fathers were no dummies, and many of them farmed this crop. Also contrary to myth it's not an intoxicant. So why we would continue it's prohibition is nothing more than raw ignorance.
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    It's non-psychoactive, let it have a shot in the free market to be a better product.
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    I support the legalization of hemp. It has many commercial uses, such as paper, rope, biofuel, clothing, and health foods. And, it grows like a weed.
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    Hemp farming should be fully legalized as it is a versatile crop that can be used in many kinds of products and giving the nation’s agricultural communities another commodity to produce would yield economic growth.
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    “Hemp Farming Act of 2018” I’d recommend supporting passage of S. 2669 — the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 — would allow hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC content) to be farmed and regulated as agricultural commodity that’d be eligible for crop insurance. It would exclude industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act’s definition of marijuana. Hemp fiber can be used to make many kinds of products including food, paper, cardboard, carpets, clothes, rope, and more. Hemp farming should be fully legalized as it is a versatile crop that can be used in many kinds of products and giving the nation’s agricultural communities another commodity to produce would yield economic growth. 6*9*18
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    Because there is no legitimate scientific, policy or health reason not to do so.
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    Hemp should never have been illegal.
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    It should never have been made illegal
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    it should have been legal a long time ago
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    The bill deschedules CBD grown from hemp, opening up the free market to allow for legal interstate commerce without risks from the DEA
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    I absolutely support legalizing hemp farming, but I don’t trust this coming from McConnell...
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    Hemp is one of the most versatile and easy to grow crops. You get everything from cloth and paper to food and oil used for biofuel. There is not one valid reason to keep it illegal.
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    DO IT! it’s a versatile crop that has many applications
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    Possible health benefits aside, opening up the possibility of this as a legitimate crop option and all the other avenues that could be possible from it, yes. Make this legal.
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    Yes this has massive environmental impact, hemp grows faster than trees and produces more pulp per acre, all while using less water, fertilizer and pesticides. Long long long overdue!
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    Hemp is an extremely lo grade form of the marijuana plant. Has negligible THC content and only purpose is for commercial use such as making rope, clothing and other commercial goods. The government allows for importation of hemp but not cultivation. This should be allowed as it has valuable uses.
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