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Industrial Hemp Bill to Amend Controlled Substances Act November 28, 2005 11:02 PM

109TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. R. 3037 To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JUNE 22, 2005 Mr. PAUL (for himself, Mr. FARR, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. STARK, and Mr. GRIJALVA) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned A BILL To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Industrial Hemp 5 Farming Act of 2005’’. 2 •HR 3037 IH 1 SEC. 2. EXCLUSION OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP FROM DEFINI2 TION OF MARIHUANA. 3 Paragraph (16) of section 102 of the Controlled Sub4 stances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(16)) is amended— 5 (1) by striking ‘‘(16)’’ at the beginning and in6 serting ‘‘(16)(A)’’; and 7 (2) by adding at the end the following new sub8 paragraph: 9 ‘‘( The term ‘marihuana’ does not include indus10 trial hemp. As used in the preceding sentence, the term 11 ‘industrial hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and 12 any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a 13 delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not 14 exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.’’. 15 SEC. 3. INDUSTRIAL HEMP DETERMINATION TO BE MADE 16 BY STATES. 17 Section 201 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 18 U.S.C. 811) is amended by adding at the end the following 19 new subsection: 20 ‘‘(i) INDUSTRIAL HEMP DETERMINATION TO BE 21 MADE BY STATES.—In any criminal action, civil action, 22 or administrative proceeding, a State regulating the grow23 ing and processing of industrial hemp under State law 24 shall have exclusive authority to determine whether any 25 such plant meets the concentration limitation set forth in 3 •HR 3037 IH 1 subparagraph ( of paragraph (16) of section 102 and 2 such determination shall be conclusive and binding.’’. Ć  [ send green star]
 
Contact your Congressman Re: 2005 Fed Hemp Bill November 29, 2005 2:13 AM

First-Ever Hemp Bill Introduced in Congress
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005

 

     For the first time since the federal government began restricting hemp farming in 1937, a federal bill has been introduced that would remove prohibitions on the cultivation of non-psychoactive industrial hemp. 

     Please write to your U.S. Representative to urge him or her to cosponsor H.R. 3037, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005.

http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm

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Tips for Phoning Congress November 29, 2005 2:15 AM

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 December 01, 2005 6:50 PM

Thank you for signing our "Support H.R. 3037 IH,
"The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005""
petition at
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/873190870.
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 January 05, 2006 11:24 PM

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((((Sarvo! )))) January 05, 2006 11:59 PM

Now I'm getting enough of a group to get my arms around...warmest welcome...from Scott and Sharon  [ send green star]
 
Congressional Research Service 2005 January 08, 2006 6:31 AM

This link is what Congress knows.  This also tells you the history of legislation federal and state levels and the problem with DEA only letting the experimental bills pass.  It does explains some problems we may occur and what other countries make from hemp. 

http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/CRS_Hemp_Report.pdf

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 January 10, 2006 6:07 AM

I'm here, finally. Sorry it took so long, been busy. Trying to spread the word to come check this out, get involved. Thanx to all you 2 Care2 do! Gotta go get more info, see if I can find the links to those pdf files, so people can print them out, education is what people need. Most prolly still think Ind. Hemp and Marijuana are the same.

Peace

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Larry January 10, 2006 6:28 AM

Thanks Larry,

Hemp and Marijauna are the same plant Cannabis sativa L. Hemp has .3% or lower THC.  Marijuana depending what you read is 3% to 5% or 5% to 10% of THC.  DEA is regulating it at .3% THC.  http://www.thehia.org/index.html and www.votehemp.com

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 January 11, 2006 8:11 AM

Thanx Scott, for getting me straight on that, some reason I was under the impression they were different plant types of cannibis sativa. The difference then must be the THC levels. Diffierent types of plants have different levels? I better do more homework before I go out and do something with it... At least I'm trying, wish more others would too.  [ send green star]
 
Larry January 11, 2006 3:57 PM

There is so much to this and I am glad that we are doing this.  I am trying to get this into the news somehow.  Looking through the legislation of each state, the main reason for wanting to grow hemp is farmers need another source of income.  Like, I said before Georgia and Alabama require Hemp pipe fittings and Oklahoma Red Cross Disaster Relief plans specifically state use Hemp rope.  We have hemp foods store across the nation.  There is a demand but we can not produce it in the US unless you are Montana.  There are others that have pass it but experimental but the Federal Government legislation states it is illegal. 

http://www.votehemp.com/voter_guide.html

This states President George Bush has supported the DEA to ban hemp foods.  I am trying to resolve what the problem is but it deals with the levels of THC. 

There is a lot of work to do. 

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Hemp Oil and Nut January 11, 2006 8:01 PM

Debate Rages on Marijuana-Flavored Candy

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=1109135

So there was a debate on candy and it was about the THC concentration. 

Here is some info on Hemp Nut and Oil from http://www.testpledge.com/foods.htm

To assure consumers that eating hemp foods does not cause a confirmed positive drug test for marijuana, the relevant manufacturers of hemp nut and oil products in North America have initiated the TestPledge program. These companies commit themselves to keeping THC levels in hemp nut and oil below levels at which failing a workplace drug test is extremely unlikely, even when eating high amounts of these products on a daily basis.

  • Hemp oil: 5.0 parts per million (ppm)
  • Hemp nut: 1.5 parts per million (ppm)

How much hemp oil and hemp nut can you eat?

At the 5 ppm THC TestPledge limit for hemp oil, a person would have to eat in excess of 8 tablespoon servings - half of an 8 oz. bottle - of pure hemp oil per day to ingest 600 µg THC, the dose found not to cause confirmed positive urine tests for marijuana with a wide margin of safety. To increase this margin even further and to address any and all health concerns, setting the daily THC intake at 500 µg per day still allows for slightly over 7 tablespoon servings daily. The recommended daily serving is one to two tablespoons. Currently, aside from pure hemp oil sold as a superior omega 3/omega 6 supplement, the only food products on the market using hemp oil are salad dressings, where no more than a tablespoon of hemp oil would typically be consumed with a salad. However, a consumer may also eat hemp nut on a daily basis, which is why the pledge requirement for hemp oil is so strict.

TestPledge limits THC levels in hemp nut to 1.5 ppm THC. This allows customers to eat up to 14 ounces (more than a 12 oz. can) of hemp nut daily without reaching the 600 µg THC dose. Again, to increase this margin even further and to address any and all health concerns, setting the daily THC intake at 500 µg per day still allows for 12 ounces (a whole 12 ounce can) of hemp nut to be consumed daily. Even persons consuming extensively all hemp nut food products currently in the market will find it all but impossible to eat such quantities. The more stringent THC limit in hemp nut compared to oil was set because hemp nut is more palatable and may be eaten in larger quantities.

THC limits for TestPledge were set low enough to allow for the extensive daily consumption of both hemp oil and hemp nut. For example, one can consume 3 tablespoons of hemp oil AND 8.75 ounces (over a half-pound) of hemp nut before reaching the 600 µg daily dose, or 3 tablespoons of hemp oil AND 7 ounces of hemp nut before reaching the more conservative 500 µg daily dose. This example shows that even enthusiastic hemp food consumers will not be able to consume enough hemp nut and oil food products to produce a confirmed positive drug test. It also shows the TestPledge limits are set low enough to provide an ample margin of safety.

Read more on clicking on the link. 

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Scott January 12, 2006 6:57 AM

About getting news coverage, have you considered National Public Radio? www.npr.org I think is the address. I'd like to see it on 'regular news', but NPR is a bit more open minded. (it's the only news I listen to, I feel they tell more truth than regular news on tv or radio. As an example, look at how reg. news messed up the info on the 13 coal miners of recent)  [ send green star]
 
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