From Forbes: U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition

From Forbes: U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition

From Forbes.com:

The non-psychoactive cannabis cousin of marijuana would eventually become legal to grow in the United States under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Senate.

The wide-ranging agriculture and food policy laws known as the Farm Bill, passed by a vote of 86 – 11 on Thursday, contains provisions to legalize the cultivation, sale and processing of industrial hemp.

The move, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would also make hemp plants eligible for crop insurance.

“Consumers across America buy hundreds of millions in retail products every year which contain hemp,” McConnell said in a floor speech on Thursday. “But due to outdated federal regulations which don’t sufficiently distinguish this industrial harvest from its illegal cousin, American farmers have been mostly not able to fulfill that demand themselves. It has left consumers with little choice but to buy imported hemp products from foreign-produced hemp.

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Published at Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:19:25 +0000

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