Senate sends hemp-production bill to House for debate

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The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass legislation that would legalize the farming and production of industrial hemp in Indiana.

Senate Bill 357 – authored by Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown – now moves to the House for consideration.

The bill does not affect the state’s marijuana laws. Instead, it legalizes the production of one of its botanical cousins. Hemp is a multipurpose crop that can be used in the production of textiles, foods, plastics, building materials and medicines but it doesn’t have enough tetrahydrocannabinol – known as THC – for someone to use it as a drug.

“You could not ingest enough of this material to get high in any way – to have hallucinogenic benefits,” Young said. “What you would do is get sick.”

Hemp can be harvested just 120 days after planting and it doesn’t require any certain climate to grow. It is a very hardy plant and naturally resistant to pests, eliminating the need for pesticides and herbicides, Young told lawmakers.

Southern Indiana produced industrial hemp rope as part of the war effort during World War II when the United States encouraged all farmers to grow hemp. However, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 lumped industrial hemp with marijuana and outlawed production of either, despite their differences.

“Indiana was once a leader in the production of industrial hemp,” said Young. “This measure will reopen a sector of the Indiana agricultural economy that will greatly benefit the state.”

Industrial hemp production is still not authorized by federal law. But a recent version of the federal farm bill would allow universities and agriculture departments to research it in states where lawmakers have legalized it. The goal would be that commercial production could follow later.

Ten states – including Kentucky – have taken steps to legalize hemp production.

In Indiana, SB 357 would put the Office of the Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner at Purdue University in charge overseeing hemp production – in cooperation with the Indiana State Police. Farmers interested in growing hemp would be required to obtain a license and would be subject to periodic inspections.


  • Gun-Hemp
    DuPont was making Gun-Hemp long before gun-cotton came on the scene. DuPont were the largest grinder of Hemp Hurd in the 1910s building up to World War I. They have sold munitions to the U.S. Govt since the War of 1812, and 90% of their Railroad tonnage in 1990 remained explosives & munitions. It doesn't take much research to find the culprits who ruined the U.S. for 100 years of Oil greed. No biggie.
  • $350 Million
    Yes and Indiana spend about $350 Million to eradicate that "free pollution remediation". Instead, thanks to the Politicians and the State Policy Enforcers all the pollution that formerly was absorbed into the hemp cellulose hurd core is now running off into our waterways. Thanks Indiana's Finest! The people writing this script used to own the pollution businesses, now they own the pollution clean up businesses. Pretty funny scrypnosis.
    There is NO THC in the bio-synthetic pathway of Cannabis Sativa. Never has been. DECARBOXYLATION is required to convert THCA into THC. This begins with dehydration, and in earnest around 108C, peaking around 157.5C (yes kids set your volcano for 158C for maximum THCA to THC conversion) and finally turning to char and CBN around 190C. CBDAs convert to CBD around 182C. Then Senator Young looks even more FOOLISH suggesting that ANY farmer would grow flowering plants in a seed field. I think he needs to consult Purdue on Plant Husbandry. And speaking of Purdue. What is the BS about the Universities & Colleges studying it? Do they mean like this: https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/v3-384.html I've never seen a more obvious charade by Corporate, Universities, Religions AND the Government than the 75 year travesty that has been denial of Hemp food from the American public. In 25 years after the TRUTH about Hemp & Cannabis comes out, we will be hanging these criminals in the village square. The racism and classism of those who idly sit by is amazing.
  • No THC in Cannabis Genome
    The Cannabis Genome has been mapped. Out of the 430,000 mappings, I am sorry to bear the bad news. There is NO THC in Cannabis. So perhaps next time the IBJ does a hemp story they'll do the research instead of listening to more lies from incumbent politicians who have suppressed a harmless plant for over 75 years now. http://genome.ccbr.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/hgTracks?hgsid=39990&chromInfoPage= SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE. CBDAs exist, but NO THCAs which means NO THC. A COMPLETE CHARADE BY Senator Richard D. Young attempting to perpetrate THC upon an innocent defenseless plant. Just for giggles, here is the Cannabis mapping with NO THC. This will be fun when they try to explain to everyone why a plant with NO THC has been illegal for THC for so many years. http://genome.ccbr.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/hgTracks?hgsid=39990&chromInfoPage= It could only happen after all with slack journalists who don't do their job, or perhaps your job is to just report the vomit without researching. Sorry. Fact checkers are alive & well.
  • It's all in a Name
    Industrial Hemp? Is that what they're calling it now? In the '70s, we called it ditch weed.
    • step 1
      Had to laugh at the hallucinogenic statement, as if pot has that characteristic, even the high end stuff is not hallucinogenic! The 1970 CSAct tried to make us all think it did, but we know it does not and is not. Most farmers from here to Minnesota grew it for WWII, and no harm was done. That's a good use of State Police time and budget, to License and Inspect an innocuous plant.
    • Other Industrial opportunties
      The manufacture of blackpowder is highly dependent upon the properties of specialized types of charcoal. Though the domestic industrial manufacture of BP on a comercial scale has largely ceased, a cheap and abundant supply of hemp charcoal could lead to a renewal in domestic BP manufacture. If legalized, I would be an agressive entrant in the commercial manufacture of hemp charcoal for both domestic and export markets. About time we stopped shooting ourselves in the foot with political stagnation/ignorance.
      • Way too progressive!
        Just when they had us convinced that Indiana was "Conservative" they throw a knuckleball.
        • Well I suppose that makes sense
          So because lawmakers are so afraid of marijuana, they have until this point outlawed a useful and economically beneficial BOTANICAL COUSIN of marijuana that can be manufactured into medicine (among other things)? That makes a lot of sense!

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