“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
– George Washington, U.S. President quote on Hemp
Its been a while since we’ve enjoyed this type of common sense… thanks George, you know — you could have put that somewhere in the constitution. Or was that what the tenth amendment was about?
In any event, things are looking up in D.C. — at least for industrial hemp. As US senators Jeff Merkley , Ron Wyden, Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul all worked together in a bipartisan effort to get industrial hemp removed from the federal doghouse.
Thursday afternoon the gang of four introduced S. 3501 (a Senate companion bill to HR 1831), known as the industrial hemp farming act of 2011. Provided that HR 1831 — and it’s new companion bill are passed, the hemp plant would finally be allowed to cultivate industrial roots in American soil for the first time since the 1930s.
These times we are living in right now… this recession, will no doubt go down in history as one of the nations worst economic times since the Great Depression. And hemp is on the verge of having the opportunity, to yet again come to this nation’s rescue. Right now, there are 17 states ready waiting, and have already passed very pro hemp legislation, and 10 states which have out right cleared any remaining obstacles to its production as an agricultural product or for scientific research.
Now with the partnership of HR 1831 from the federal level we have the first opportunity in a very long time to take the boot of oppression… from the roots of this national hero.
With all of that being said – the folks over at Govtrack.us only give this bill a 1% chance of passing and being enacted…
Status:Introduced May 11, 2011
Referred to Committee May 11, 2011
This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on May 11, 2011, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.
This bill has a 1% chance of being enacted. The following factors were considered:
This bill was a re-introduction of H.R. 1866 (111th) from the previous session of Congress. (-3%) The sponsor is a member of the majority party. (+1%) 3-5 cosponsors serve on a committee to which the bill has been referred. (+2%) A cosponsor in the minority party has a high leadership score. (+3%) The sponsor is in the majority party and at least one third of the bill’s cosponsors are from the minority party. (+8%) Just 4% of all House bills in 2009–2010 were enacted.[source]