American Farm Bureau Reverses Position on Hemp at Convention 2/26/99

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Delegates at this year's American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico withdrew language approved last year opposing research and domestic cultivation of industrial hemp. The issue of industrial hemp has been a contentious one for the Farm Bureau over the past three years. In 1996, delegates endorsed a resolution to, "encourage research into the viability and economic potential of industrial hemp production in the United States... includ[ing] planting test plots." This language was replaced in 1998 by a vote of 198 to 168 after Missouri Farm Bureau president Charles Kruse brought up concerns from law enforcement that hemp and marijuana were indistinguishable.

The American Farm Bureau now takes no position in regards industrial hemp. According to a legislative aide with the AFBF in Washington, DC, "The Bureau will not take a position either way on any federal legislation involving hemp, but this in no way precludes state chapters from lobbying elected officials either for or against [hemp]."

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