Minnesota Hemp Bill Progressing 3/19/99

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5. Minnesota Hemp Bill Progressing

Marc Brandl, [email protected]
In issue 76, the Week Online reported that a bill had been introduced in the Minnesota legislature that would allow experimental industrial hemp plots to be grown. On March 9th, the Senate passed SF0122 by a vote of 54-4.

Some daunting hurdles remain before the bill can become law, however. The Minnesota house is controlled by Republicans who voted against favorable hemp legislation in their party caucus earlier this year. The bill also must be heard by the House Crime Prevention Committee. The committee is headed by former police officer Rep. Rich Stanek (R), who has voiced his strong opposition to hemp in the past and who has the power to stall the bill indefinitely.

Chris Radatz, director of governmental affairs for the Minnesota Farm Bureau told the WOL, "We support research into both the harvesting and marketing aspects of hemp. We had some concerns that this bill went beyond research and we expressed those concerns but didn't lobby the bill directly."

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Issue #83, 3/19/99 Announcements | Institute of Medicine Report Confirms Marijuana's Medicinal Value | HEA Reform Bill Introduced in Congress | Rep. Rangel Seeks End to Cocaine Sentencing Disparities | Canada: Husband of Medical Marijuana User Arrested as Government Announces Clinical Trials, Possible Medical Exemption | Minnesota Hemp Bill Progressing | DPF Grant Deadline Coming Up | Editorial: IOM Report Leaves Only One Thing Left to Say
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