Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007 was introduced to Congress yesterday, marking the second attempt to legalize the cultivation of hemp — used by Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence — since it became outlawed in 1937 under the Marijuana Tax Act.

The new bill claims the U.S. government eliminates American farmers from competing in a booming and profitable hemp market while promoting careers dependent upon foreign hemp products. Furthermore, the bill’s chief sponsor, Texas representative Ron Paul, states that growing industrial hemp Stateside could significantly reduce the trade deficit and enable the U.S. to become a more energy efficient nation. All that sounds great in theory, but hemp’s psychoactive cousin, cannabis sativa, certainly has fewer friends in Washington, D.C.

Here’s what jokers, smokers, and midnight tokers are saying about the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007:

“Don’t get excited pot heads, this means nothing for you.” — Taxman,

“Pennsylvania was once a leader in the hemp industry. Now, we are forced to sit on the sidelines as Canadian farmers take the lead and reap all of the profits. Why should our farmers miss out? This injustice needs to be corrected.” —

“Puff, puff, pass the bill.” — Mikesiesel,

“The DEA will totally block this.” —

“The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007 will bring us back to more rational times when the government regulated marijuana.” —

Talk: Are for or against legalizing industrial hemp?

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