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14_H0525 on Feb 14, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Industrial Hemp Farming Act
Source: S.359/H.R.525
Congressional Summary:Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana." Defines "industrial hemp" to mean the plant Cannabis sativa and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3%.

Argument in favor (Sen. Ron Wyden):

Members of Congress hear a lot about how dumb regulations are hurting economic growth and job creation. The current ban on growing industrial hemp is hurting job creation in rural America and increasing our trade deficit. This bill will end this ridiculous regulation. Right now, the US is importing over $10 million in hemp products--a crop that US farmers could be profitably growing right here at home, if not for government rules prohibiting it. Now, even though hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant, there are major differences between them. The Chihuahua and St. Bernard come from the same species, too, but no one is going to confuse them.

Argument in opposition (Drug Enforcement Agency):

    The DEA regulatory opposition to industrial hemp production is based upon:
  • The difficulty in distinguishing legitimate hemp with low narcotic concentration from illicit cannabis, and
  • the perception that industrial hemp advocates have a hidden agenda of favoring legalization of marijuana.

Argument in opposition (DrugWatch.org 10/30/2013):

  • The DEA ban on THC in hemp food products, though characterized as a drug war issue, is, in fact, a food safety issue. No state or country has scientifically established the safety of food products made from hemp.
  • Smoking hemp/marijuana with a low THC level of 0.25 percent could result in psychological effects on inexperienced users (children, for example).
  • Supporting industrial hemp/marijuana sends an ambivalent and harmful message to youth and others regarding marijuana.

Also see related Senate bill, S.359


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws (Score: -2)

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Democrats participating in 14_H0525

Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Suzanne Bonamici s1sOregon DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Matt Cartwright s1sPennsylvania DemocratSep 9, 2013
William Lacy Clay s1sMissouri DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Peter Defazio s1sOregon DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Diana DeGette s1sColorado DemocratMar 12, 2013
Suzan DelBene s1sWashington DemocratOct 15, 2013
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Tulsi Gabbard s1sHawaii DemocratJun 6, 2013
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia DemocratJun 18, 2013
Jared Huffman s1sCalifornia DemocratMar 12, 2013
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 25, 2013
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota DemocratNov 12, 2013
Jim McDermott s1sWashington DemocratFeb 6, 2013
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 6, 2013
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)Feb 6, 2013
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesFeb 6, 2013
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Beto O`Rourke s1sTexas DemocratJul 31, 2013
Ed Perlmutter s1sColorado DemocratMar 20, 2013
Collin Peterson s1sMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/LaborFeb 6, 2013
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Mark Pocan s1sWisconsin DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Jared Polis s1sColorado DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Tim Ryan s1sOhio DemocratAug 1, 2013
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Kurt Schrader s1sOregon DemocratFeb 6, 2013
Peter Welch s1sVermont DemocratFeb 27, 2013
John Yarmuth s1sKentucky DemocratFeb 6, 2013



Republicans participating in 14_H0525

Justin Amash s1sMichigan RepublicanFeb 6, 2013
Dan Benishek s1sMichigan RepublicanFeb 6, 2013
Kerry Bentivolio s1sMichigan RepublicanMar 14, 2013
John Campbell s1sCalifornia Republican (retiring 2014)Feb 6, 2013
Kevin Cramer s1sNorth Dakota RepublicanMay 8, 2013
Steve Daines s1sMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Mar 14, 2013
Cory Gardner s1sCO Republican Senate challengerMay 22, 2013
Richard Hanna s1sNew York RepublicanFeb 6, 2013
Thomas Massie s2pKentucky Republican 
Tom McClintock s1sCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)Feb 6, 2013
Scott Perry s1sPennsylvania RepublicanSep 18, 2014
Trey Radel s1sFlorida Republican (resigned 2014)Apr 17, 2013
Dana Rohrabacher s1sCalifornia RepublicanFeb 6, 2013
Steve Stivers s1sOhio RepublicanMay 9, 2013
Steve Stockman s1sTexas Republican (Senate run 2014)Mar 19, 2013
Ted Yoho s1sFlorida RepublicanFeb 6, 2013
Don Young s1sAlaska RepublicanJul 23, 2013
Todd Young s1sIN Republican Senate ChallengerFeb 27, 2013



Independents participating in 14_H0525



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 33
Republicans: 18
Independents: 0


















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