Senator Mitch McConnell plans to introduce a new bill which will legalize the use of industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the United States. McConnell hopes to gain bipartisan support on a new effort to remove hemp from the federal government controlled substance list.
“It’s now time to take the final step and make this a legal crop,” McConnell said.
Industrial hemp is still labeled as a Schedule 1 drug, even though it is the non-psychoactive, industrious cultivar of the cannabis sativa plant. The hemp plant contains 0.3% THC and for some reason still remains federally illegal to grow. Hemp can be manufactured into thousands of finished goods involved in textiles, bio-composites, bio-fuel, and sustainable building materials.
Senator McConnell was one of the lead supporters of the 2014 Farm Bill which helped implement hemp pilot programs in over 30 states around the country. The Kentucky Senator has backed hemp for the past 4 years and is now the lead sponsor for The Hemp Farming Act of 2018. This new act hopes to continue to establish Kentucky as one of the leading propagators of hemp in the United States, as well as, allow for the commercial revival of a hemp farming industry in the U.S.