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S. 134 (114th): Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 8, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances. Industrial hemp is produced from the same plant as marijuana, Cannabis sativa L., but is commonly used in clothing, foods, and a variety of other products. Currently industrial hemp is regulated as a form of marijuana. The bill would define industrial hemp based on insignificant levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. It would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. There was a previous version of this bill in 2014 which died in committee. The bill has been reintroduced to the the ...


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 134

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 8, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Merkley, Mr. McConnell, and Mr. Paul) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015.

2.

Exclusion of industrial hemp from definition of marihuana

Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (16)—

(A)

by striking (16) The and inserting (16)(A) The; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

The term marihuana does not include industrial hemp.

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and
(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(57)

The term industrial hemp means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

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3.

Industrial hemp determination by States

Section 201 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 811) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(i)

Industrial hemp determination

If a person grows or processes Cannabis sativa L. for purposes of making industrial hemp in accordance with State law, the Cannabis sativa L. shall be deemed to meet the concentration limitation under section 102(57), unless the Attorney General determines that the State law is not reasonably calculated to comply with section 102(57).

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