Oregon Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkel, Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have filed a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of hemp within the United States.
Titled the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (S.134), the proposal would amend the United State Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of cannabis, effectively ending its prohibition.
Senators Wyden, Merkel, Paul and McConnel attempted in 2013 to legalize hemp through the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, and by including an amendment in a federal farming bill, though unfortunately both efforts eventually stalled. However, McConnel is now the Senate Majority Leader, adding further weight to the effort, and the conservation surrounding hemp has continued to blossom.
In 2014, U.S. lawmakers approved a farming bill which included a provision prohibiting the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from interfering with state-authorized hemp research programs. Although this was a relatively small move forward in the grand scheme of things, it makes it clear that U.S. lawmakers are, at the very least, willing to discuss and implement some sort of change to the nation’s hemp and cannabis policies.
If you support legalizing hemp and live in the United States, please look up your district’s lawmakers by clicking here, and urge them to support the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015!