Congressman Blumenauer Statement on Hemp Provision in Latest Farm Bill
Washington, DC – Based on recent media coverage, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR - 03), a leading voice for reforming both federal drug and agriculture policy in Congress, today released the following statement on the likelihood of a hemp provision in the latest Farm Bill that will be brought to the House floor next week:
“While this Farm Bill is a missed opportunity, there are some good provisions. One of those provisions is to roll back our senseless hemp prohibition. Our forefathers would be rolling in their graves if they saw us putting restraints on a versatile product that they grew themselves. We have farmers growing thousands of acres of hemp in dozens of states across the U.S. already. You can have hemp products shipped to your doorstep. This is a mainstream, billion-dollar industry that we have made it difficult for farmers. It’s past time Congress gets out of their way.”
The latest Farm Bill is likely to include a provision that would make the agricultural production of hemp legal in the United States by removing its designated connection to marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. This provision was included in Blumenauer’s comprehensive alternative Farm Bill, H.R. 4425, the Food and Farm Act, that advances Farm Bill reforms based on four principles: (1) focusing resources on those who need it most; (2) fostering innovation; (3) encouraging investments in people and the planet; and (4) ensuring access to healthy foods.