United States Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp Research

The U.S. Senate has given approval to a national farms bill which includes a provision that legalizes hemp research. The bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives, and nowhemp heads to President Obama for final consideration.

”By including language easing restrictions on industrial hemp in states where it is legal, Congress sends an important message that we are ready to examine hemp in a more appropriate way”, says Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who helped author the amendment.

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United States House and Senate to Vote on Legalizing Hemp Research Tomorrow

By Shadee Ashtari, HuffingtonPost.com 

A provision in the new $1.1 trillion farm bill, finalized by Congress Monday, legalizes the production of industrial hemp for research purposes and is set to move forward, pending a House18-hemp and Senate vote expected Wednesday.

The bill, which would allow universities and state agriculture departments to legally grow industrial hemp in states that permit it, challenges a long-standing ban on production under federal controlled-substances laws. Currently, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia hold such laws.

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