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14_S0359 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 House bill, H.R.525


    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_S0359

Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Sep 15, 2014
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Bernie Sanders s1sPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateMar 4, 2013
Ron Wyden s2pOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 14_S0359

Mitch McConnell s1sKY Republican Sr SenatorFeb 14, 2013
Rand Paul s1sKY Republican Jr SenatorFeb 14, 2013



Independents participating in 14_S0359



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 4
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0


















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