Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a new bill on Monday that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would make hemp legal for agricultural purposes, and remove it from the federal list of controlled substances.  Removing hemp from the list of controlled substances would allow it to be produced and sold as an agricultural commodity.  News outlets such as CNN and The Hill around the country began reporting on this earlier today

“Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agriculture heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future,” McConnell said in a statement.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, if signed into law, would allow individual states to control hemp regulations.  This is great news for hemp researchers because it will provide the ability to apply for funding from the federal government through the Department of Agriculture.

 

McConnell announced the bill with Republican Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. The bill is being co-sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul(R-Ky.)

Kentucky is currently conducting a pilot program through the Department of Agriculture to grow hemp, WDRB reported Monday.

A team at the University of Louisville began harvesting the crop on campus in 2016 to study its use as a biofuel and energy source.

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  2. Steve

    Its bull, Robert. Do some more DD. McConnell and Sessions both have zero desire to declassify anything but rudealus.

    1. Robert Roundtree Listing Owner

      That’s precisely what hemp is. Hemp is just a legal classification for when cultivars test below certain thresholds of thc. Indica, sativa and ruderalis can all meet this classification. No bull here Steve.

  3. Donna Petito

    It’s hemp ! No phsco active ingredient. It should never have been illegal. Hemp is fantastic for textiles and manufacturing ! Grows so much faster than tree’s and can do everything we use a tree for and more. Cannabis is in the same Family. It has many bennificial health properties and no damage to your system. People are giving up pain meds and many other phamasuiticles. Make both free and legal to use.

  4. Timothy Clarey

    now if they will do the same for marijuana so it can be legalized and not just decriminalized

  5. Jeff

    Talking about it and voting for it if it even comes up for a vote, are two different things…

  6. Sgaronsm

    This is excellent. It is about time we start somewhere. Hopefully, this will go quickly. Free the plant. 🌴💚🌴💚🌴💚🌴💚🌴💚🌴💚🌴💚🌴