Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hemp bill for debate in Maine

From the WABI-TV5 Newsdesk in Maine, this just in.
Earlier this week I made a list of states that have supported hemp bills or hemp studies, and  Maine was on it but not yet as a state that has passed a bill. For the entire list of what states are doing, click here: http://www.hempforvictory.blogspot.com/2013/03/list-of-us-states-that-are-supporting.html


Next week, state lawmakers will take a up a bill that would let Maine farmers grow hemp for industrial use.

Monday in Augusta, lawmakers got a peek at what hemp can be used for.

The Business Alliance of Commerce and Hemp put on the display.

If the law passes here in Maine, it would still violate federal law, similar to Maine's medical marijuana law, but supporters say it would let Maine farmers compete globally.

"We see this bill as a positive step towards allowing American farmers to compete with the rest of the farmers in the world," said Steve Ruhl, of the alliance. "We are the only country in the world, industrialized countries, that does not allow our farmers to grow the hemp crop. As you can see from this chart it has many uses. It's time to stop denying our farmers the right to compete."

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for next Thursday afternoon.

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