Polis Co-Sponsors Bill Undoing Federal Hemp Ban

COLORADO:  U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and representatives from Kentucky, Oregon and California have introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives a bill that would eliminate the federal ban on hemp production, Polis’s office announced Thursday.

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would bring the hemp crop back to U.S. agriculture, removing industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that contains little or no THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hemp can be used to manufacture clothing, fiber plastic substitute and food products.

The bill would also require the federal government to respect state laws that allow farmers to grow the crop. Colorado legalized the production of industrial hemp in 2014.

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