Senator Cory Gardner Co-Sponsoring Bill to Legalize Hemp Nationwide

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner is co-sponsoring a bill to legalize hemp nationwide.

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (on view below) would remove industrial hemp from the definition of "marihuana" in the federal Controlled Substances Act, making it legal to use the crop commercially.

“Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications,” Gardner said in a statement released to the media.

“Removing it from the Controlled Substances Act is a common-sense move which would create jobs and get the government out of the way of farmers and our agricultural industry.

“Hemp has the potential to be a major boon to Colorado agriculture, giving farmers another viable and profitable option for their fields.

"As a plant which takes relatively little water to grow, hemp could be an ideal fit for our climate in particular. I’m excited to co-sponsor this legislation and further empower the farmers who provide so much to our state.”

Industrial hemp is already legal in Colorado, thanks to the otherwise marijuana-centric Amendment 64.

Hemp is defined by the state Department of Agriculture as cannabis plants with no more than 0.3 percent THC, which is the ingredient that makes a person feel high.

We've reached out to Gardner to discuss his support for hemp. We'll update this post when we hear back.

In the meantime, read the text of the bill below.

Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

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