Finally, Hemp is Legal Again!
The non-psychoactive cannabis cousin of marijuana, hemp, would finally become legal to grow in the United States under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Senate in 2018!
The wide-ranging agriculture and food policy legislation known as the Farm Bill, passed by a vote of 86 – 11 on Thursday. This bill contains provisions to legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. Hemp is legal again, for the first time since the 1930s!
The move, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would also make hemp plants eligible for crop insurance.
“Consumers across America buy hundreds of millions in retail products every year that contain hemp,” McConnell said in a floor speech on Thursday. “But due to outdated federal regulations that do not sufficiently distinguish this industrial crop from its illicit cousin, American farmers have been mostly unable to meet that demand themselves. It’s left consumers with little choice but to buy imported hemp products from foreign-produced hemp.”
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