Hemp Amendment Becomes Law as Prez Signs Farm Bill

President Obama this afternoon signed into law the omnibus farm bill, which includes an amendment allowing for research into hemp production in states that have authorized it.

The sun rises on industrial hemp in America (votehemp.com)
Hempsters are happy as history is made.

“With the U.S. hemp industry estimated at over $500 million in annual retail sales and growing, a change in federal law to allow colleges and universities to grow hemp for research means that we will finally begin to regain the knowledge that unfortunately has been lost over the past fifty years,” says Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra. “This is the first time in American history that industrial hemp has been legally defined by our federal government as distinct from drug varieties of Cannabis. The market opportunities for hemp are incredibly promising—ranging from textiles and health foods to home construction and even automobile manufacturing. This is not just a boon to U.S. farmers, this is a boon to U.S. manufacturing industries as well.”

Read Vote Hemp's press release here.

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North Dakota

Does this mean that North Dakota can finally go ahead without the DEA's "permission"? It seems to me that if there is now finally a distinction between Hemp and Cannabis that the DEA should no longer have anything to say at all about Hemp and now North Dakota can move forward. Is this true or have I read too much into this?

Hoping beyond hope,



This is indeed a great day . Next comes the reschedule process . The dea considers hemp to be the same as " marijuana , heroin and crack cocaine " . Cannabis cures , needles kill .

If my understanding is correct...

If my understanding is correct, 'industrial hemp' cannot even be used to get people high.  It's a different breed of the plant that contains practically no psychoactive ingredients at all.  I wonder why it is considered a controlled substance and lumped into the same group as other drugs.. makes no sense.  And most of the arguments against legalizing industrial hemp cultivation seem very shaky at best.. like one high ranking police official in Kentucky that said it would "confuse law enforcement" because it looks like "regular" marijuana.

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