Idaho 2019 Hemp Research and Development Act
by Alex Barron
I strongly encourage all people who value liberty to support the 2019 House Bill Number 122 the Hemp Research and Development Act introduced by Reps. Caroline Nilsson-Troy and Republican from Genesee, and Dorothy Moon, Republican from Stanley. Representative Moon has stood with patriots when they needed help, we should stand with Rep Moon and farmers who want to grow their crops right here deep in the Rockies.
Rep Moon and Nilsson-Troy presented the 2019 Hemp Act to the House Agricultural Affairs Committee. The purpose of the 2019 Hemp Act is to legalize hemp production in Idaho; the second is to remove hemp from Idaho’s Schedule 1 controlled substances as long as it contains 0.3 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets you high. Varieties of Cannabis sativa plant that contain less than 0.3% THC are often called “industrial” or “medical” hemp.
Representative Judy Boyle a Republican that leads the House Agricultural Affairs Committee and serves District 9B in Midvale, Idaho. While Rep Boyle is only rated 78% by the libertarian-leaning Idaho Freedom Foundation, she is rated 95% by the American Conservative Union. To be adopted this bill would need to be supported by the Idaho Senate, I would assume the Agricultural Affairs standing committee led by Republican State Senator Jim Guthrie from McCammon, Idaho who has an utterly failing IFF score of D+. However, he is a new Chairman this year, and we will see if he values private property rights as he claims. What I grow on my land should not be any of the government’s business. Especially a plant that is not a drug, and was the second largest crop in the US before powerful Deep State forces made it illegal with no scientific support mostly for racist reasons.
At a time when farm income is down and growers are struggling, industrial hemp is a bright spot of agriculture’s future. My provision in the Farm Bill will not only legalize domestic hemp, but it will also allow state departments of agriculture to be responsible for its oversight
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 11, 2018
I wrote a piece titled End cannabis prohibition in Idaho that was published by a left-leaning website last December advocating for full decimalization of cannabis for adults. This article documents how immoral our current cannabis laws are. This 2019 Hemp Act does not do decriminalize cannabis. It only allows the non-drug form of the cannabis plant or “industrial hemp.” The 2019 Idaho Hemp Act is a very, very modest bill based upon the law signed into effect by President Trump and the Republican congress. Note only is this a freedom issue, and a huge opportunity for additional farmers, a sizeable Idaho Hemp crop would make Idaho much more self-sufficient because hemp can be grown for paper, food, clothes, medicine and rope, among many other uses.
I found an old movie titled Hemp for Victory created by the military during War World II that encourages American farmers to grow hemp to supply the needs of the military. This video was hidden from the public for many years as people tried to deny that hemp is not a drug, and has massive positive factors. America use to be a massive exporter of Hemp. Other States have already started figuring out how to make money from the Hemp crop.
Congress federally legalized hemp with the Dec. 12 passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, opening a market that Brightfield Group estimates will reach $22 billion by 2022. President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law. Section 12619 of the 2018 Farm Bill removes hemp-derived products from its Schedule I status under the Controlled Substances Act. This removes most federal restrictions on growing hemp. Crop reports for 2017 show that American hemp farmers cultivated 25,713 acres of the plant across nineteen different states. Some estimates projecting that domestic sales of CBD products alone will surpass $2 billion in just the next two years, the legalization and commercialization of the Idaho hemp industry might be arriving at the best possible time.
This year the U.S. will import an estimated retail value of $500 million in products made of industrial hemp; yet State law and autocratic busy body Republicans denies Idaho farmers the right to grow the crop. It is time for Idaho to allow private individuals to farm this crop if they want. I encourage all to contact their legislators and precinct committee person to support the 2019 Idaho Hemp Act.
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