Congress, now rated at 14.4 percent approval, with over three-fourths of the country disapproving, has defeated H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 over concerns about food stamp program cuts. That means that Colorado Representative Jared Polis’s Hemp amendment died with it.
But something very important happened in this vote. Polis’s amendment was passed 225-200. That’s the first positive vote for Cannabis/Hemp since before the Marihuana (sic) Tax Act of 1937. The vote came after intense lobbying against the amendment by the Drug Enforcement Administration, who argued the old canards that psychoactive Cannabis could be hidden in an industrial Hemp crop and that their agents couldn’t tell the difference between Marijuana and Hemp. The truth, of course, is that Marijuana and Hemp in the same field would cross pollinate and ruin both crops. Hemp, grown properly, will grow tall and spindly, usually has five leaflets where Marijuana usually has seven to 13 leaflets.
Several states have improved their Marijuana laws, Illinois passing medical, Vermont decriminalizing, for example. Several states still have legislation pending. And we’re not sitting still here in Indiana, either.
Legalization is coming. Get used to it.