8:52 PM EDT

Tom McClintock, R-CA 4th

Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk.

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

Page 509, strike line 15 and all that follows through page 512, line 22.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 271, the gentleman from California (Mr. McClintock) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes.

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from California.

9:01 PM EDT

Earl Blumenauer, D-OR 3rd

Mr. BLUMENAUER. I appreciate the leadership of my friend from Colorado and my friend from Kentucky in moving this forward. Nineteen States have passed pro-industrial hemp legislation; nine States removing barriers to its production altogether. As has been pointed out, these products are perfectly legal in the United States, some $300 million a year, but it just has to be grown someplace else.

It's outrageous that American farmers can't produce it, but what this amendment does is to simply permit the research opportunities for colleges and universities to grow and cultivate hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes.

If this amendment passes and we're able to do this research in agricultural colleges and universities, then we're not going to have stupid talking points coming from DEA, and we won't have misleading statements that are made. People will understand why other countries have been able to figure this out, and the United States will be able. Nobody, regardless of your position on this, should be opposed to allowing our research colleges and universities to be able to do a deep dive to be able to

find out what's possible.

9:02 PM EDT

Steve King, R-IA 4th

Mr. KING of Iowa. I yield myself the balance of my time.

Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the arguments that come forward from the Members here. They do come from States that have voted and expressed their support for, let's say, for the husbandry of hemp. It has a long history and it has been a useful product, but we have outlawed it for clear reasons; and that is, as I said, you can plant it alongside the recreational use marijuana and you can't tell the difference. If we are going to legalize the farming and the experimental agriculture with industrial

hemp on our college campuses, that really wouldn't be the first place I would choose.

9:03 PM EDT

Collin Peterson, D-MN 7th

Mr. PETERSON. I'd say to the gentleman, and we may have differing views on this, but again, the University of North Dakota has spliced a gene into hemp; and I will work with the gentleman to say, if we ever do anything with this, that we'll require that that be done. And if it's grown in the United States, it has to have the gene spliced into it so it is fluorescent so you'll clearly be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. I don't really know anything about marijuana, but I've

been told that if you put hemp in with marijuana, it ruins it. I don't know if that's true or not. But anyway, I think there's a way to solve this.

You know, 35 percent of our cars are made out of hemp. This is a big market. We should be doing this. So let's work together, and I would like to bring you this information from North Dakota. We can solve that problem and maybe move forward.

9:04 PM EDT

Jaime Herrera-Beutler, R-WA 3rd

Ms. HERRERA BEUTLER. With that, I urge my colleagues to join in this bipartisan, bicameral effort to protect jobs and protect our forest health.

I urge adoption of the amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.

The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from Washington (Ms. Herrera Beutler).

The amendment was agreed to.


The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 3 printed in part B of House Report 113-117.