PRINTER'S NO. 855
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
144
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY STREET, FARNESE, KEARNEY AND BROWNE, JUNE 3, 2019
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, JUNE 3, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing the week of June 3 through 9, 2019, as "Hemp History
Week" in Pennsylvania to acknowledge industrial hemp's role
in our cultural heritage and promote its uses and benefits.
WHEREAS, The Senate celebrates the return of industrial hemp,
noting centuries of hemp trade and processing in our communities
and the complicated path toward legalization; and
WHEREAS, Hemp fiber had various applications during World War
I and World War II; and
WHEREAS, Enforcement of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which
led American companies to buy hemp-based goods from China,
Canada and Europe, relaxed during World War II; and
WHEREAS, "Hemp for Victory," a 1942 short film produced by
the United States Department of Agriculture, urged hemp
cultivation as a war measure; and
WHEREAS, The Controlled Substances Act enacted in 1970
instituted a decades-long ban on hemp production and
distribution in the United States; and
WHEREAS, The 2018 Farm Bill restored the legal status of
industrial hemp nationwide; and
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WHEREAS, Industrial hemp plants are grown to produce paper,
rope, fiberglass, biodegradable plastics, paint, biofuel and
food; and
WHEREAS, Hemp (genus Cannabis) has considerably lower levels
of tetrahydrocannabinol than marijuana but is often mistaken to
have the same psychotropic effects; and
WHEREAS, Hemp seed is a source of vitamins and minerals such
as vitamin E, potassium and magnesium; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania has the potential to become a leading
state for industrial hemp production; and
WHEREAS, Material derived from hemp and the development of
hemp industries can contribute to this Commonwealth's economic
growth; and
WHEREAS, In 2018, 33 permit holders in this Commonwealth grew
580 acres of hemp, according to the Pennsylvania Department of
Agriculture; and
WHEREAS, The Senate joins farmers, advocates and industry
leaders from coast to coast in observing "Hemp History Week";
therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the week of June 3
through 9, 2019, as "Hemp History Week" in Pennsylvania to
acknowledge industrial hemp's role in our cultural heritage and
promote its uses and benefits.
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