Hemp “was once a booming crop in America,” Wyden said. “It can, and should be, again.”
Sen. Ron Wyden today today urged lifting the federal ban on industrial hemp, which has a wide variety of uses and economic benefits in Oregon and nationwide.
“In my view, keeping the ban on growing hemp makes about as much sense as instituting a ban on portobello mushrooms,” Wyden, who introduced a hemp legalization bill earlier this year, said on the Senate floor. “There’s no reason to outlaw a product that’s perfectly safe because of what it’s related to.”
“Marijuana and hemp are related species, but one should not be confused with the other, much like a chihuahua and a Saint Bernard,” Wyden said. “Mixing hemp in on a ban on growing marijuana is based on a lot of misconceptions.”
“The federal ban on hemp amounts, in my view, to a restriction on free enterprise and it doesn’t accomplish anything but stifle job creation and economic growth,” Wyden said.