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 now 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.
Under the bill’s hemp provision, universities and state departments of agriculture would be authorized to grow hemp for academic or agricultural research purposes, in states where its been legalized.
The amendment marks one of the first time that federal lawmakers have softened their stance on hemp since its prohibition began.