The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 would amend the definition of
``marihuana'' in the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial
hemp, allowing American farmers to produce domestically the hemp we
already use. Industrial hemp is a safe, profitable commodity in many
other countries, and I've long said that if you can buy it at the local
supermarket, American farmers should be able to grow it. This
commonsense bill would end the burdensome restrictions on industrial
hemp and is pro-environment, pro-business, and pro-farmer.
I encourage my colleagues to take the time to learn about the great
potential for farming industrial hemp in the United States, and to
understand the real differences between industrial hemp and marijuana.
Under our bill, industrial hemp is defined as having extremely low THC
levels: it has to be 0.3 percent or less. The lowest commercial grade
marijuana typically has 5 percent THC content. The bottom line is that
no one is going to get high on industrial hemp. And to guarantee that
won't be the case, our legislation allows the U.S. Attorney General to
take action if a state law allows commercial hemp to exceed the maximum
0.3 percent THC level.
I urge my colleagues to join Senators Merkley, McConnell, Paul, and
me by cosponsoring and ultimately passing this important bill.
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of the bill be
printed in the Record.
There being no objection, the text of the bill was ordered to be
printed in the Record, as follows:
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Industrial Hemp Farming Act
SEC. 2. EXCLUSION OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP FROM DEFINITION OF
Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C.
802) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (16)--
(A) by striking ``(16) The'' and inserting ``(16)(A) The'';
(B) by adding at the end the following:
``(B) The term `marihuana' does not include industrial
(2) by adding at the end the following:
``(57) The term `industrial hemp' means the plant Cannabis
sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not,
with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more
than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.''.
SEC. 3. INDUSTRIAL HEMP DETERMINATION BY STATES.
Section 201 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C.
811) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(i) Industrial Hemp Determination.--If a person grows or
processes Cannabis sativa L. for purposes of making
industrial hemp in accordance with State law, the Cannabis
sativa L. shall be deemed to meet the concentration
limitation under section 102(57), unless the Attorney General
determines that the State law is not reasonably calculated to
comply with section 102(57).''.