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Kinney Champions Industrial Hemp Legislation

Posted: Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 6:25 am
Author: Joe Cerwinske

Cannabis oil isn’t the only marijuana-related topic being discussed at the Iowa legislature, as State Senator Kevin Kinney (D) has introduced a bill that would legalize the production of industrial hemp. Senate File 329 is currently in the subcommittee phase, and it would bring industrial hemp back to Iowa for the first time since World War II. Iowa would become the 31st state in the country to allow industrial hemp to be grown, which can be used for products such as rope, clothing, makeup, and feed for cattle.

Kinney says the subcommittee is bringing in the Heartland Hemp Company, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and other groups to give the legislation direction. He explains, “(They are) just trying to come up with the rules that we could follow in Iowa. What they’re doing is modeling our legislation to the other states, just so it would be compatible and so forth. Then we have to make sure we’re following federal regulations also.” Hemp was used during World War II to make rope, but its manufacture was disallowed after all products related to marijuana were made illegal in the United States. To hear more about the current legislative session, listen to the two-part In Touch with Southeast Iowa interview with Kinney at