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Congressman Predicts Current Congress Will Legalize Hemp

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Earl Blumenauer at Brookings marijuana legalization forum, April 2013
I attended a forum on marijuana legalization at The Brookings Institution Monday, where Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), one of a handful of Congressional champions of marijuana law reform, was one of the speakers. Along with his general optimism for where the issue is going, Blumenauer predicted that the current Congress -- #113, in office this year and next -- will legalize hemp growing.

That may be a less bold prediction than in the past -- with the highest-ranking Republican senator supporting hemp now, Mitch McConnell, it should be more likely -- but it's still a fairly bold prediction, when one thinks about just how long Congress has refused to do anything for this utterly no-brainer of an issue. One of Blumenauer's reasons was that a House bill to legalize hemp growing, H.R. 525, also is being sponsored by a Kentucky Republican, Thomas Massie.

You heard it here first. (Unless you also watched the Brookings forum.)

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let's hope so

it would be huge if it happened

Re hemp

Given the global warming crises our planet needs to bail on fossil fuel convert to hemp biofuel ASAP Hemp biofuel produces 80% less CO2 and 98% less sulfur pollutants then fossil fuels. Hemp  uses no pesticides is easily renewable and does not rape the earth like drilling fracking etc. We dont need any more disasters like the the BP golf spill or the Ark. Gulf spill or Exxon Valdez or the refinery disasters etc..

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