A large collection of bipartisan congress members are supporting the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2018. The Hemp Farming Act aims to remove industrial hemp from its Schedule 1 drug classification to make the non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis sativa plant available for American farmers to grow.
Hemp produces none of the psychoactive effects that marijuana does and contain less than 0.3% THC, making it distinctly different than cannabis on a functional level. The hemp plant is one of the only plants in the world that can provide food, fuel, housing, medicine (in the form of CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids), and textiles to a community. It is a multi-faceted plant fauna that contains a multitude of possibilities for raw and finished goods.
In todays day and age it is rare to see so much support on both sides of the political spectrum for any bill. Former President Barack Obama laid the ground work for a thriving industry when he signed the new Farm Bill in 2014 and nearly four years later congress seemed poised to finally pass legislation that will revive a crop that was grown by our founding fathers. This year the United States may now join Canada and Europe in the production, processing, and distribution of hemp based product around the world.