Cannabis Could Be Grown At U.S. Botanic Garden Under Congressional Lawmakers’ Request

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The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. could for the first time in history include cannabis as part of its national plant collection if three Democrats in Congress get their way. In a letter sent last week to the institution, Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) requested that the garden include hemp in its display, noting that the low-THC version of cannabis is now federally legal and has myriad uses in food, medicine and industry. Noting that hemp is also used to produce CBD, they suggested that “the plants might ideally be located in the ‘medicinal plants’ part of the Botanic Garden.” “Given that hemp is legal and enjoys national, bipartisan support, now is an appropriate time for the Botanic Garden to display hemp plants,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was sent on the unofficial marijuana holiday 4/20. “We understand that the display of the hemp plants would be the first time the Botanic Garden would display cannabis in its collection.” On 4/20, I wrote @USBotanicGarden with @RepBarbaraLee and @RepBlumenauer requesting that it display hemp plants for the first time. Read my release for details: https://t.co/nLDvcZjsDk — Eleanor #DCStatehood Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) April 26, 2021 The group stressed in their letter that while marijuana remains federally illegal, cannabis plants with less than 0.3 percent THC are classified as hemp, which Congress legalized through the 2018 farm bill. And despite decades of prohibition, they pointed out, hemp has played an important role in U.S. history. “Hemp has a long history of cultivation in the U.S. Hemp was grown by most of the Founders, and in 2018, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate harvested its first hemp crop since 1799,” they wrote. “All ships in every war prior to World War II had ropes and…

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