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U.S. Federal Industrial Hemp Legislation - House of Representatives


On February 6, 2013, Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, along with 27 original cosponsors. Please see below for further details.

Quick Links Concerning H.R. 525
The "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013"

Read the full text of H.R. 525 as introduced (PDF file 254k)

THOMAS (Library of Congress) bill information for H.R. 525 - Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress

Vote Hemp's automatically updated page of the THOMAS information

CRS Report: Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity, December 18, 2012 (PDF file 483k)

Read Rep. Massie's press release


On June 18, 2013 Representative Jared Polis introduced introduced House Amendment 208 (H.AMDT.208), an Industrial Hemp Amendment to the Farm Bill, also known as "Polis of Colorado Part B Amendment No. 37." The amendment allows institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The provision only applies to states that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under state law. The language of the amendment is not is the same as H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. More information may be found below. The vote was 225 to 200 in favor of the amendment, which was thus attached to the Farm Bill. But, the House version of the Farm Bill failed on a 195 to 234 vote.

On July 11, 2013 a new version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, passed the House by a vote of 216 to 208 and included the Polis hemp amendment. The bipartisan hemp amendment, which was introduced by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and passed by a vote of 225 to 200 on a previous version of the Farm Bill, survived and is part of the House version this time around. The amendment allows colleges and universities to grow hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes. It applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.

On July 11, 2013 a new version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, passed the House by a vote of 216 to 208 and included the Polis hemp amendment. The bipartisan hemp amendment, which was introduced by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and passed by a vote of 225 to 200 on a previous version of the Farm Bill, survived and is part of the House version this time around. The amendment allows colleges and universities to grow hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes. It applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.

On January 27, 2014 the Farm Bill Conference Committee released the conference report on the Farm Bill, which included Section 7606 - Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research an amended version of the Polis hemp amendment.

On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill of 2014 into law. Section 7606 of the act, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, defines industrial hemp as distinct and authorizes institutions of higher education or state departments of agriculture in states where hemp is legal to grow hemp for research or agricultural pilot programs. Since hemp has not been grown in the United States since 1957, there is a strong need for research to develop new varieties of hemp that grow well in various states and meet the current market demands.

Please see below for more detailed legislative information on the 2014 Farm Bill.

Please see our 2014 Farm Bill - Section 7606 page for guidance information for prospective researchers and state departments of agriculture.

Quick Links Concerning House Amendment 208
Polis of Colorado Part B Amendment No. 37
Amendment allows institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. Amendment applies only to states that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under state law.
and Section 7606 - Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research in the Farm Bill.
The Conference substitute adopts the House provision with an amendment. The amendment authorizes an institution of higher education or State department of agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes if the laws of the State permit its growth and cultivation.

THOMAS (Library of Congress) amendment information for H.AMDT.208 - Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress, also known as "Polis of Colorado Part B Amendment No. 37."

House Rules Committee text of H.AMDT.208 - 113th Congress

House roll call vote on Polis of Colorado Part B Amendment No. 37 (H.AMDT.208)

THOMAS (Library of Congress) bill information for the Farm Bill H.R. 2642 - Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress

GPO (Government Printing Office) bill text of the Farm Bill H.R. 2642 - Text - 113th Congress (PDF file 1.2 MB)

House roll call vote on the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642)

Download the text of SEC. 7606. LEGITIMACY OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP RESEARCH of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2642. (PDF file 37 KB)

View the text of Section 7606 - Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research on THOMAS (HTML). Became Public Law No: 113-79.

Download the full text of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2642.


 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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