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McConnell bill would legalize hemp as agricultural product

McConnell bill would legalize hemp as agricultural product

Postby smix » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:39 pm

McConnell bill would legalize hemp as agricultural product
The Hill

URL: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-enviro ... al-product
Category: Politics
Published: March 26, 2018

Description: 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 legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity, according to WKYT. "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. If approved, the act would allow states to control their own hemp regulations by removing federal restrictions. WKYT also reported it would give hemp researchers the ability to apply for grants 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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Senate Majority Leader McConnell wants hemp removed from the controlled-substance list

Postby smix » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:46 pm

Senate Majority Leader McConnell wants hemp removed from the controlled-substance list
CNBC

URL: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/26/senate- ... -list.html
Category: Politics
Published: March 26, 2018

Description: The U.S. Senate's top leader wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he'll introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity. The Republican made the announcement in his home state of Kentucky, which has been at the forefront of hemp's comeback. Growing hemp without a federal permit has long been banned due to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. Hemp got a limited reprieve with the 2014 federal Farm Bill, which allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp projects for research and development. So far, more than 30 states have authorized hemp research.
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