Sen. Wyden stops in Eugene on hemp industries tour

During the tour Wyden plans to learn more about the condition of the industry after a bill on hemp legalization passed last year.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 7:01 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 9:55 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Sen. Ron Wyden visited Eugene as part of his tour of hemp industries in Oregon on Tuesday.

During the tour he plans to learn more about the condition of the industry after a hemp legalization legislation passed last year.

RELATED: OSU opens nation's largest hemp research center 

During the roundtable Tuesday Wyden along with hemp farmers and Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center mentioned standardized tests, sustainable growth for industry, and more efficiency when making clothing and furniture out of hemp.

Sen. Ron Wyden

“Hemp has clearly become a growth industry for Oregon, and I am just thrilled that my law provided the crucial seeds to make that possible,” Wyden said. 

The bill removes hemp from the controlled substances list, making it a legal agricultural product and authorizing production and consumption of hemp.

Next, Wyden said he wants to work with the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture and banks to make the industry more legitimate and accessible.

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