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US House approves hemp amendment, Texas reps overwhelmingly against

Texas representatives voted 10-26 against the hemp amendment.
Texas representatives voted 10-26 against the hemp amendment.

The US House of Representatives recently voted by a margin of 225 to 200 to add an amendment to the annual agriculture bill which would allow farmers to begin growing hemp. Ultimately the bill would fail to pass though, 195 to 234.

Currently retailers sell over $300 million in goods made with hemp each year, however the material must be imported.

Some voted against the amendment, claiming it would make the drug war more difficult. “When you plant hemp alongside marijuana, you can’t tell the difference,” Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) said in congressional debate on the amendment to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.

Ignorance like this completely ignores any knowledge of the subject, considering that hemp and marijuana cannot be grown next to one another if a farmer hopes to have a viable crop due to cross pollination.

Hemp is a part of the Cannabaceae family, known as Cannabis sativa L. Marijuana is also a part of the same family, but has different qualities, primarily higher THC content, the component which gets a person “high.”

Cannabis is generally consumed for its high THC content. If hemp were grown next to it, which contains around .3% THC content, not nearly enough to get the “high,” the quality of the cannabis plants would plummet.

Hemp would be a boon to farming communities, not only for its multiple industrial uses and ability to grow in just about any environment, but also because more hemp can be grown per acre than any other plant and its aeration effect on the soil makes it excellent for crop rotation.

Polls consistently show majority support for hemp legalization.

Texas has 36 representatives in the US House of Representatives, 10 of which voted for the amendment. Of those 10, seven of them were Democrats.

Those voting for the amendment include:
Joaquin Castro (D)
Henry R. Cuellar (D)
John Culberson (R)
Lloyd Doggett (D)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D)
Ted Poe (R)
Steve Stockman (R)
Filemon Vela (D)

Those voting against the amendment include:
Joe L. Barton (R)
Kevin Brady (R)
Michael C. Burgess (R)
John R. Carter (R)
K. Michael Conaway (R)
R. Blake Farenthold (R)
Bill Flores (R)
Pete P. Gallego (D)
Louie Gohmert (R)
Kay Granger (R)
Al Green (D)
Gene Green (D)
Ralph M. Hall (R)
Jeb Hensarling (R)
Rubén Hinojosa (D)
Sam Johnson (R)
Kenny Marchant (R)
Michael McCaul (R)
Randy Neugebauer (R)
Pete Olson (R)
Pete Sessions (R)
Lamar Smith (R)
William M. “Mac” Thornberry (R)
Marc Veasey (D)
Randy Weber (R)
Roger Williams (R)

By: Stephen Carter
Stephen can be reached by email at TXCann@gmail.com

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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