A provision that could make industrial hemp farming legal made it into the U.S. House-passed farm bill.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer is happy that colleges and universities would be able to grow hemp for research purposes.
“I’m disappointed by the Farm Bill as a whole, but glad to see these unnecessary restrictions on hemp were eased," Blumenauer said. "Our fear of industrial hemp is misplaced. It is not a drug. By allowing colleges and universities to cultivate hemp for research, Congress sends a signal that we are ready to examine hemp in a different and more appropriate context.”
The hemp measure would only apply in states such as Oregon where industrial hemp growth and cultivation is already legal.
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.