Congressmen Thomas Massie and James Comer Both Add Separate Hemp Legalization Amendments to the 2018 House Farm Bill (H.R. 2)
Congressman Massie Introduces Hemp Amendment to Farm Bill
Friday, May 10th, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie offered an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) which would simply remove industrial hemp off the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Massie's amendment would define industrial hemp as: "the plant Cannabis sativa L and any part or derivative of such plant (including viable seeds), weather growing or not - "(A) no part of which has a delta-9 THC concentration of more than 0.6 percent on a dry weight basis.""
It is important to note Congressman Massie's amendment increases the THC level to 0.6 THC from the current level of 0.3 THC.
Massie said, "Of all the freedom-crushing laws and regulations issued from Washington, one of the most ridiculous is the decades-long federal ban on industrial hemp. For far too long, farmers and manufacturers in Kentucky and across the United States have been blocked from growing hemp or producing products from this versatile and useful plant."
Congressman Comer Introduces Hemp Amendment to Farm Bill
Congressman James Comer, also from Kentucky, also offered an amendment to the 2018 House Farm Bill (H.R. 2) which adds to it the exact language of the 2018 Hemp Farming Act (S. 2667/H.R. 5485). Comer has been a strong leader for hemp legislative reform since 2012 in his previous position as Commissioner of Agriculture of Kentucky.
“The issue is very important to me, and I’m glad to see us working in a bipartisan manner to tear down unnecessary regulations on a crop that can help make so many different products,” Comer said in a news release.
Comer's amendment defines hemp a little differently then Massie's (text below), keeping THC at 0.3% and includes important distinguishing features of the plant and processed raw material, like cannabinoids and extracts, that have had trouble with DEA interference since the 2014 Farm Bill.
"The term hemp means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis."
Support the Hemp Amendments to the Farm Bill by Calling Your Representative
Please call or write to your US House Representative and both of your US Senators and ask them to support the legalization of hemp. The US Hemp Roundtable offers easy-to-use directions for how to do so!