United States House of Representatives Votes to Legalize Hemp Research
The United States House of Representatives has given approval to a national farms bill which includes a provision to legalize hemp research. The proposal is expected to be voted on by the Senate next week, where its passage will send it to the desk of President Obama.
“Originally introduced as an amendment by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the provision allows universities, and now also state departments of agriculture, to grow hemp for academic or agricultural research purposes, but applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law”, says Vote Hemp, a nonprofit organization working towards an end to hemp prohibition. “We expect the Senate to pass the Farm Bill and a vote is expected as early as next week.”
Despite this being a solid, and historic step forward, advocates must remain committed to legalizing hemp in all capacities; “Our work is not done until all American farmers have the right to grow hemp! Vote Hemp will continue to work to get legislation passed on the state and federal level. Once the Farm Bill has passed the Senate and is signed by the President we will also be working with state departments of agriculture and universities to get research started.”