Cannabis: Missouri Bill Would Legalize Hemp ("Trying to Get High Off It...Is Not a Good Idea")

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Some polls show that a majority of Missouri residents support the legalization of marijuana in the state.

But what about hemp?

"If you're trying to get high off it...it's not a good idea," John Payne, executive director of advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation tells Daily RFT, emphasizing that this bill is not about smoking cannabis.

What is the purpose of legalizing the hemp industry in Missouri?

Senate Bill 358 would exempt "industrial hemp" -- defined as "cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than one percent THC" -- from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances.

In other words, while marijuana remains an illegal substance, there's no reason that hemp, a cannabis product that isn't used as a drug and has basically no THC, should be considered an outlawed substance.

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"It's important to remind people that hemp used to be one of the most important cash crops in the state," says Payne. [corrected]

Like marijuana, hemp is illegal at the federal level -- and would in that way remain illegal even if Missouri passed this law. It would at least create similar state-federal conflicts like the challenges that now exist in states that have legalized marijuana.

"It's really in some way symbolic," says Payne, who testified in favor of the bill at a hearing on Tuesday. He says there were very few opponents and is confident that the bill will move forward out of committee.

Continue for more details on the hemp bill and the full draft legislation.

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Richart Iza
Richart Iza

Ya foos need to get on game regarding this plant n it's many uses. It's everywhere, clothes, food, cars... The list goes on.

Richart Iza
Richart Iza

More like the whole world. What u mean by hemp? It's production? Legalize cannabis in general! To bad the gov't gains more on the prohibition of a plant.

Bill Taden
Bill Taden

Hash crops.. read the article its in there...

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Well, then ya' could make some Rope.....

Lois Giles
Lois Giles

Dear Lord. Ok.. so it is on the "defendant" to prove if it is "industrial and less than 1% THC"? I knew Mo was backwoods, Hilljacking idiots--including myself at times, but I had entertained the idea that there was at least a majority of this State that were smarter than I.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

the US constantly imports hemp products. During WWII the feds ordered farmers to grow it. I see no reason why we can't make the $$ off of the crop. KY just legalized it so their farmers already have a jump on us. Now we wait for Feds to back off

rachaduncan
rachaduncan

Should that say cash crops and not hash crops? Although appropriate and funny lol.


Tamara Terese Carey
Tamara Terese Carey

Might as well. Hemp is a good material. It's only use is not as a drug.

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