House Resolution 3530 Would Amend the Controlled Substances Act

House Resolution 3530 Would Amend the Controlled Substances Act

House Resolution 3530 would amend the Controlled Substances Act and its definition of “marihuana” to exclude hemp. The four representatives who sponsored the bill all shared their support for industrial hemp. “Hemp has boundless potential as a sustainable alternative to plastics and other environmentally harmful products,” Polis stated in a press release. “ It can be used in everything from construction materials to paper to lotions and even ice cream. It’s past time that we eliminate absurd barriers and allow hemp farmers to get to work, create jobs, and grow this promising and historically important crop!”

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Congressmen James Comer, Bob Goodlatte, Jared Polis, and Thomas Massie introduced bipartisan federal legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to end limitations on industrial hemp production. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would remove hemp from the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of cannabis by creating a new category for hemp research. The bill would create a pathway for the commercialization of industrial hemp.

Currently, American farmers are federally prohibited from growing hemp because the Controlled Substances Act bans the production of the entire cannabis species. Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill makes the distinction between industrial hemp and psychoactive cannabis, but the 31 states that are allowed to grow hemp are strictly limited.

The purpose of the Controlled Substance Act was to protect American citizens from the negative consequences of narcotics, but because hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, there is no narcotic effect, which some believe makes hemp’s current classification absurd.

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