Federal Farm Bill Includes Provision Allowing Research on Hemp

The U.S. Senate and House conference committee on the Farm Bill tonight released its report, which includes an amendment allowing colleges, universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for research purposes.

The amendment was authored by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Portland, and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado. All three represents states where industrial hemp production is allowed under state law.

Blumenauer late Monday called the inclusion of the industrial hemp amendment in the Farm Bill, which the U.S. House and Senate are expected to vote on Wednesday, a “bright spot in an otherwise disappointing bill.” The bill cuts about $8 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade.

– Read the entire article at The Oregonian.