Senate’s Majority Leader Wants to Legalize Hemp Nationwide The 420 Times Staff January 26, 2015 Activism, Best Of The Best, Exclusive Web Content, Featured, Hemp, Politics, The War On Drugs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has joined forces with fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul, and Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, in cosponsoring legislation that would essentially legalize hemp production on a national basis. The legislation in question, Senate Bill 134, also cited as the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015”, was introduced in the House of Representatives by the abovementioned bipartisan band of cohorts in hopes of changing the Controlled Substances Act to eliminate hemp grown for industrial dedications from the current definition of marijuana. According to the proposed bill’s language, the term “industrial hemp” means: ….the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. And just how will individual states verify as to exactly what will be considered “industrial hemp”? Well, in accordance with how Senate Bill 134 is written: If a person grows or processes Cannabis sativa L. for purposes of making industrial hemp in accordance with State law, the Cannabis sativa L. shall be deemed to meet the concentration limitation under section 102(57), unless the Attorney General determines that the State law is not reasonably calculated to comply with section 102(57). Senator Wyden introduced the proposed bill on January 8 of this year, which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. A congressional committee will take the legislation under consideration before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. Currently the projected success rate of Senate Bill 134 stands at a meager 1 percent, so getchoself involved on a grass roots level and help bring an end to our government’s antiquated policies regarding the use of hemp and its multi-beneficial cousin marijuana. Stop the lies and legalize! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.