Senate Passes Industrial Hemp Bill!

Senate Passes Industrial Hemp Bill!
Posted by FoM on March 11, 1999 at 21:17:53 PT
Bill Now Goes To House!
ST. PAUL, A bill to legalize industrial hemp production passed the Minnesota Senate today. The Senate passed the bill on a 54-4 vote. The bill now goes to the House. 
Hemp is a cousin to marijuana and is illegal in Minnesota and most of the United States but permitted in Canada. Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, an Erskine DFLer, said that unlike marijuana, industrial hemp contains virtually none of the substance that makes it potent for those who smoke it. Hemp is used in a variety of products from fertilizer to carpet, cosmetics and car dashboards. Moe says it would provide a good alternative crop for farmers. Gov. Ventura says he supports hemp production. But Public Safety Commissioner Charlie Weaver is concerned because hemp plants are indistinguishable from marijuana to the naked eye. More information: The Industrial Hemp Information Network's Web site, The North American Industrial Hemp Council's Web site Hemp as an Industrial and Food Resource Canadian Industrial Hemp Council
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