Hemp measure makes the farm bill

Hemp measure makes the farm bill

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.

ā€œIā€™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.ā€

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.