DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The recently proposed Industrial Hemp Farming Act would remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.
The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, would require the federal government to respect state laws that allow farmers to grow the crop. The United States is the only developed nation in the world that outlaws domestic hemp production.
“The federal ban on hemp has been a waste of taxpayer dollars that ignores science, suppresses innovation and subverts the will of states that have chosen to incorporate this versatile crop into their economies,” Polis, said in a statement. “I am hopeful that Congress will build on last year’s progress on hemp research and pilot programs by passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act to allow this historical American crop to once again thrive on our farmlands.”
The Senate also has developed its own version of the bill, which is being co-sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.