Sen. Mitch McConnell eyes legalizing hemp as agricultural commodity
28 March, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
McConnell helped push for the provision that allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp projects for research and development. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding this month sent letters of support to Pennsylvania's congressional delegation noting that industrial hemp has many properties that, if legitimized, could provide additional markets and opportunities for farmers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't want hemp on the controlled substance list.
Let's be honest, Republican Mitch McConnell is much more interested in bringing gobs of pork spending to his home state of Kentucky than he is in cannabis freedom.
While in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell announced he will introduce a bill to legalize hemp as an "agricultural commodity".
"I think it's time for hemp to be a regular agricultural product and I'm going to try and insert in between the next farm bill which will be done later this year what you could say was the normalization of hemp", said Sen. "What will it do?" he said. In 2014, McConnell also supported the Farm Bill, which authorized state agriculture departments to create and commercialize industrial hemp research programs in partnership with universities.
If approved, McConnell's bill would lift the federal restrictions on hemp and allow states to set their own hemp laws. "I am proud to stand here with him today, because I believe that we are ready to take the next step and build upon the successes we've seen with Kentucky's hemp pilot program".
The push to make hemp, a non-psychoactive relative of marijuana, a legal cash crop in the United States got a fresh boost Monday from the country's most powerful senator. Paul has played a central role in persuading McConnell to become a proponent for the hemp industry. The Trump administration has taken a tougher stance on marijuana.
Despite its many practical applications, the plant has been illegal to grow in the USA without a permit since 1970 due to its relation to cannabis, or, as Mike Pence probably calls it while ritually flagellating himself for making eye contact with an unwed woman, "Satan's sativa". Kentucky farmers had been searching for a replacement commodity and found it in hemp. He said the measure would allow states to have primary regulatory oversight of hemp production if they submit plans to federal agriculture officials outlining how they would monitor production.
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