|Sen. Ron Wyden.|
An Oregon Senator on Monday proposed amending the federal farm bill to include industrial hemp.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, would remove hemp from federal drug laws and allow it to be grown and regulated by the states. Read the entire bill below the jump.
“For me, what’s important is that people see, particularly in our state, there’s someone buying it at Costco in Oregon,” Wyden told the Huffington Post, which broke the story. “I adopted what I think is a modest position, which is if you can buy it at a store in Oregon, our farmers ought to be able to make some money growing it.”
The bill is co-sponsored by another Oregon Democrat leader, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell from Kentucky. This is the second time that Paul and McConnell have tried to move industrial hemp through this year, with an earlier attempt to include hemp language in the original draft being shot down by Democrats.
Wyden sponsored a similar amendment last year but it never made it to a vote.
“I firmly believe that American farmers should not be denied an opportunity to grow and sell a legitimate crop simply because it resembles an illegal one,” Wyden said last year after the amendment was shot down. “I’m confident that if grassroots support continues to grow and Members of Congress continue to hear from voters then common sense hemp legislation can move through Congress in the near future.”