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U.S. Federal Industrial Hemp Legislation - Senate


On February 14, 2013, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 359, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 525, along with original cosponsors Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Note that the bill language of S. 359 is not identical to H.R. 525. Please see below for further details.

Quick Links Concerning S. 359
The "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013"
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.

Read the full text of S. 359 as introduced (PDF file 250k)

THOMAS (Library of Congress) bill information for S. 359 - Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress

Read Sen. Wyden's Senate floor comments from February 14, 2013. (PDF file 127k)

Read Senator Wyden's press release Senators Seek to Lift Restrictions on Industrial Hemp announcing the introduction of the Senate companion bill.

Read Senator Paul's press release Sens. McConnell and Paul Co-sponsor Industrial Hemp Legislation.

Read Senator McConnell's press release Senators Seek to Lift Restrictions on Industrial Hemp.

Read Senator McConnell's press release Sens. McConnell and Paul Co-sponsor Industrial Hemp Legislation.

Read our press release announcing the introduction of the Senate companion bill.

Watch Sen. Wyden's Senate floor comments on June 13, 2012 after the introduction of his hemp farming amendment to the Farm Bill. (Youtube HD)


 

On May 20, 2013 Senator Wyden introduced Senate Amendment 952 (S.AMDT.952), an Industrial Hemp Amendment to the Farm Bill. The language is the same as S. 359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, which has bipartisan support. After a handful of amendments were voted on, cloture was filed on the Senate version of the Farm Bill, which was successful. So, debate was cut off and amendments that had not been voted on yet, like the Wyden hemp amendment, did not become part fo the bill.

Quick Links Concerning Senate Amendment 952

THOMAS (Library of Congress) bill information for S.AMDT.952 - Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress

 

 

 

 

 
 
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