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.
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.