Sen. Mitch McConnell to introduce legislation to legalize hemp

Mitch McConnell Wants Congress to Legalize Hemp

McConnell said he plans to discuss the bill with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has taken a hardline stance against states that have legalized cannabis for recreational and medicinal uses.

McConnell's efforts to increase hemp production may help persuade doubters that he will seek re-election in 2020, which he has said he is doing.

McConnell clarified that hemp was different than its "illicit cousin".

There is already a production facility run by GenCanna on the Hemp Research Campus in Winchester, Kentucky, which is a re-purposed former tobacco research facility.

If approved, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would give states more control over hemp regulations.

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".

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Thirty other states have hemp pilot projects. In 2014, he backed a provision in that year's farm bill to allow for a hemp cultivation pilot program in his home state, and the following year he co-sponsored a hemp legalization bill introduced by Sens.

Now, federal guidelines relating to hemp may be expanded again, per an announcement made Monday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Hemp is legally defined as cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana.

Hemp is used in products like shampoo, body lotions clothing even insulation.

The plan, if passed, would put state Ag Commissioners in charge of regulatory oversight, open up markets across state lines allowing for shipment even if a pass-through state did not create an industrial hemp policy and make available federal research grants. "But I think most everybody ... now understands this is a totally different plant". The work of Commissioner Quarles here in Kentucky has become a nationwide example for the right way to cultivate hemp. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), seeks to lessen the stigma surrounding hemp products. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) did not agree with this definition and has consistently pointed out that both plants come from the same genus and are therefore they are same plant and so subject to the Controlled Substances Act.

"All we've got to do is the government get out of the way and let us grow", he told reporters.

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