Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp After 80 Years of Prohibition

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On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to legalize hemp, an industrial crop that has been banned for decades.

In April, Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) submitted a separate bill to legalize hemp, and those provisions were then incorporated into the broader farm bill. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved that version before the upper house of Congress voted to approve it this week by a margin of 86-11. The bill would legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp.

"Consumers across America buy hundreds of millions in retail products every year that contain hemp," McConnell said Thursday. "But due to outdated federal regulations that do not sufficiently distinguish this industrial crop from its illicit cousin, American farmers have been mostly unable to meet that demand themselves. It's left consumers with little choice but to buy imported hemp products from foreign-produced hemp."

According to Wyden:

Legalizing hemp nationwide ends decades of bad policymaking and opens up untold economic opportunity for farmers in Oregon and across the country.”

Hemp is a versatile crop that can be used in everything from construction material to clothing, and it has long been a staple in the United States and around the world. In fact, in the 17th century, the government encouraged people to grow it.

Though hemp was eventually banned amid the widespread attack on cannabis in the 1930s, ironically, it then had to be imported to sustain the war effort during World War II.

Farmers across the country have expressed relief and excitement that hemp has come this close to legalization. “It’s super big,” Dani Billings, who owns LoCo farms in Longmont Colorado, said, as reported by an NBC affiliate station in Colorado . “We have people who understand agriculture, that understand this is for farming and it’s not to get people high.”

Bruce Perlowin, CEO of NC-based Hemp Inc., which worked with veterans, said in a press release:

“With Veteran Village Kins Community B-Corporations set up in 8 states so far, the legalization of industrial hemp will now allow these future veteran villages to be built and to flourish - creating more support for our veterans than anyone can possibly imagine.”

The bill still must be approved by the House, which has expressed opposition to hemp legalization, though McConnell is expected to campaign heavily in favor of the bill in the lower house of Congress. A list of concerns about the bill handed down from the White House reportedly did not include any objections to hemp legalization, meaning that if the bill makes it through the House, it’s likely President Trump will sign it into law.

Some states have passed legislation in recent years legalizing hemp, but the latest legislation would make it national policy.

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It's about time, the only problem is that the greedy government will find a way to make money off it

As they do all the things. :/ I've always found it disturbing that the new paradigm is: the same institution that has thrown people in cages for cannabis ("weed" far more than hemp) now gets to reap the profits of it. Rude!

Rude dudes!

What is hemp?
Most of us will probably equate hemp plants with marijuana plants. Why is that, because hemp is derived from the genus cannabis.

The obvious difference between hemp and marijuana is in the THC content it contains. Hemp has a low THC level when compared to marijuana. So the THC chemicals in the hemp that can make this hangover have a low intoxicating effect, in contrast to marijuana. This is based on the results of drug tests that have been done by researchers who compare the two types of plants. However, still people's views have been covered by the shadows of marijuana. So people are not aware of any surprising health benefits on hemp seeds.

As the author of the book "The Plant Powered Diet",

Sharon Palmer said that hemp seeds can provide many health benefits for us, because in hemp seeds contain Omega-6 and Omega-3, as well as essential fatty acids that are useful for health heart. Also closely related in the prevention of inflammation (anti-inflammatory). Seeds can be consumed along with other foods, such as salads, desserts, cereals, yogurt, and breads. Hemp seeds are also the basic ingredients for making butter, protein powder, milk, and soap.

For you who do not know what are the health benefits contained in hemp seeds, the following 5 benefits include:

  1. As a source of protein and fiber, so useful to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore hemp seeds can support your body's energy.
  2. When sown in cereal or fruit at breakfast, protein and fiber also help keep you full, which will prevent you from snacking and make your diet run well.
  3. Omega-6 fatty acids contained therein can stimulate the skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and assist brain function.
  4. Omega-3 fatty acids contained therein can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and possibly even prevent Alzheimer's disease. The hemp seed is one of several Omega-3s found in plant sources.
  5. Essential amino acids contained in hemp seeds can improve muscle control, mental function, and maintenance of normal body cells, tissues, muscles of the body and other organs.

Apart from all the bad stereotypes already nested in the community, hemp seeds are a source of health benefits that have been neglected. So to make it well known to people is very difficult. At least, with this information, you know better, that hemp with marijuana is very different.

Henry Ford developed fuel running cars and plastics for building cars from hemp, in fact he was buying up farm land like crazy seeing a day when oil would be useless. Added bonus is that hemp is a nitrogen fixer, it takes nitrogen from the air and puts it in the soil, no need for petroleum fertilizers just crop rotation.

Although this is a victory it’s really fucking stupid. Like I can understand y they made weed illegal like it’s stupid but there is some understanding their. Y the fuck would they ban hemp

Follow the money and you will know the truth.............

I enjoyed your post very much

hemp fashion is about to be boomin

Lol I'll wear it!

Shout out to Zero Hedge for sharing this article.

Let them legalize the blessed cannabis at once and let the problem end ... or let it really begin ...

Lol truth

This is great! Now we can afford higher quality clothings made from Hemp!

I can't wait to get my first hemp blue jeans!

in the city i live in aceh also very much cannabis plant ...

Good start. Now if they'd only realize that there is no reason for psychoactive hemp to be considered an "illicit" substance. It has effectively no lethal dose. It should be available in the bulk aisle of the health food store, for a few bucks an ounce, like other herbs.

Not that the state has any business attempting to protect us from our own consumption of ANYTHING. A free country does not have controlled substances.

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