Gardner Supports Industrial Hemp Legalization

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Rand Paul (R-KY). This legislation would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use by excluding industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.

“Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications,” Gardner said. “Removing it from the Controlled Substances Act is a commonsense move which would create jobs and get the government out of the way of farmers and our agricultural industry.

“Hemp has the potential to be a major boon to Colorado agriculture, giving farmers another viable and profitable option for their fields. As a plant which takes relatively little water to grow, hemp could be an ideal fit for our climate in particular. I’m excited to co-sponsor this legislation and further empower the farmers who provide so much to our state.”