Industrial Hemp Nears Wider Approval in U.S.

If Jason Lauve is right, industrial hemp may become an everyday crop in the United States sooner than expected.

Lauve, founder and executive director of Hemp Cleans, a non-profit based in Colorado that lobbies for the regulation and cultivation of industrial hemp, said U.S. federal lawmakers are looking at legislation that would allow American farmers to grow hemp commercially.

“There’s a bill being brought (forward) next session… at the federal level that’s going to take the hemp regulatory system to the federal conversation,” Lauve said.

Thomas Massie, a Kentucky congressman, said Bill 525 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.

According to Vote Hemp, an industrial hemp lobby group, 50 members of the House of Representatives are co-sponsors of the bill.

Lauve said prominent senators also support hemp legislative reform.

“We have people like Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell … to see that they’re engaged in this conversation, tells me that we’re going in the right direction,” said Lauve, who thinks Bill 525 could become law in 2015. “I think it’s actually going to be in the next year.”

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