Editor's Note: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced today the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 to legalize hemp at the federal level. The bill would also make federal research funding available to farmers, and make hemp plants eligible for crop insurance. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined McConnell in promoting the bill that could be attached to the 2018 Farm Bill or passed as stand-alone legislation. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

April 12, 2018

While new legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would not legalize marijuana for recreational or medical use, it would remove non-psychoactive cannabis varieties known as hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.
"It's time the federal gov changes the way it looks at  #hemp, which is why Senator  @RonWyden and I, along with  @SenJeffMerkley, are introducing legislation that will modernize federal law in this area & empower American farmers to explore this promising new market."
- Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr)  April 12, 2018
"We all are so optimistic that industrial hemp can become sometime in the future what tobacco was in Kentucky's past," McConnell said last month when  first announcing the new bill, which he formally introduced on Thursday with a bipartisan group of cosponsors.
Glad to introduce the  #HempFarmingAct. Oregon farmers should be allowed to grow the hemp that goes into the products you can buy at your local supermarket.  https://t.co/CRWDmzWQv6
- Ron Wyden (@RonWyden)  April 12, 2018

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