Legalize the Production of Industrial Hemp

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Target: United States Senate

Goal: Legalize the production of industrial hemp.

The federal farm bill is a bill routinely put before Congress to deal with current agricultural affairs. There is an amendment added to the current bill that will legalize the growth and production of industrial hemp. The bill will change the definition of marijuana to exclude industrial hemp, therefore making it legal for farming while keeping the federal prohibition of marijuana.

Industrial hemp consists of different varieties of the plant which contain minute amounts of the psychoactive drug. The current federal policy does not recognize this difference. Making industrial hemp legal will not increase any activity of the drug. Additionally, industrial hemp is a useful plant which can be used in the production of a variety of things from clothing to pharmaceuticals. Many U.S. manufacturers already use industrial hemp, but must import it from other countries. The growth of domestic industrial hemp will let these manufacturers buy from domestic farmers, which will benefit both manufacturers and farmers.

The cannabis plant will undoubtedly be a source of controversy as long as it is used as a recreational drug. However, the focus of the farm bill’s amendment is not the drug, but instead the multiple industrial uses this plant has. There should not be a controversy for a plant which is able to grow easily in the U.S. and is proven to be very useful in industrial and manufacturing purposes. Tell the Senate to realize this and support the amendment to the farm bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Senate,

There has been an amendment added to the federal farm bill which will legalize the farming of industrial hemp. The amendment seeks to legalize this plant by changing the definition of marijuana to exclude industrial hemp, which include varieties of the plant that are not used for recreational drugs.

I ask you to support this amendment. Industrial hemp is used by many manufacturers for a wide variety of products, but it must be imported to be used. By supporting this amendment, you will allow these manufacturers to support U.S. farmers by buying industrial hemp domestically. This will benefit manufacturers and farmers alike.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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