The head of the U.S. Senate announced on Monday that he will soon be filing a bill to legalize industrial hemp.
"We all are so optimistic that industrial hemp can become sometime in the future what tobacco was in Kentucky's past," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at a press conference alongside the state's agriculture commissioner. ...
McConnell has already successfully attached language to broader legislation, such as the 2014 Farm Bill and annual spending packages, that shield state industrial hemp research programs from federal interference.
But confusion over what counts as research as well as issues related to the interstate transportation of hemp seeds has caused confusion as the Drug Enforcement Administration has in some cases sought to enforce federal laws that do not distinguish between hemp and marijuana.