Federal Bill to Legalize Hemp Garners Over 50 Sponsors

The Industrialhempfield Hemp Farming Act of 2015, a proposal to legalize the cultivation of hemp throughout the United States, has garnered over 50 bipartisan sponsors in the House and Senate.

The proposal (S.134) was filed in the Senate on January 8th by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY), and a companion bill (H.R. 525) was filed in the House of Representatives earlier this week by Representatives Thomas Massie and Jared Pollis, in collaboration with 45 cosponsors.

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American Farm Bureau Federation Calls for Hemp Legalization

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the nation’s largest and most influential farm groups, has approved a resolution in support of removing hemp from the federal list ofhemp_dawn-600x412 controlled substances, which would effectively end its prohibition.

The vote came during AFBF’s 95th annual meeting last week, which took place in San Antonio, Texas.

Advocates of legalizing hemp have praised the passage of the resolution.

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