Montana House says "Yes" to Industrial Hemp!

Montana House says "Yes" to Industrial Hemp!
Posted by FoM on June 11, 1999 at 06:40:07 PT
Source: Montana NORML
By an overwhelming majority, HR 2, a House Resolution urging an end to federal prohibition of industrial hemp, passed the Montana House of Representatives Wednesday.
"This is an important step toward helping Montana farmers diversify their crops and open new markets," said Rep. Joan Hurdle (D-Billings), who sponsored the resolution. "Industrial hemp also provides numerous value-added opportunities to Montana's small businesses." Seventy percent of Montana adults who responded to a December survey said they supported the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes. At least twenty-nine nations, including Canada, France, England, Germany, Japan, and Australia, allow farmers to cultivate the non-psychoactive crop for its fiber content. "Hemp is only illegal because of the federal ban on marijuana.", John Masterson of Montana NORML explains. "It's a case of 'baby with the bathwater'. NORML extols the virtues of hemp because the federal ban not only interferes with recreational and medicinal uses of a plant, but also the relatively staid goals of industrial agribusiness." With the passage of HR 2, a strong message will be sent from the State of Montana to all appropriate federal agencies and Bill Clinton himself: Montanans want to grow hemp.H.R Bill No. 2:
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