Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Introduce Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp

McConnell announces hemp legislation with Ky. Ag. Commissioner

McConnell announces hemp legislation with Ky. Ag. Commissioner

"What will it do?" "But I think most everybody over the last course of the current farm bill now understands this is a totally different plan", Senator McConnell said. Hemp is the cannabis plant used to extract the non-psychoactive compound CBD that relieves pain and "doesn't get you high".

Declassification would allow farmers to grow hemp without a federal permit, offering states more control over the hemp industry and easing the regulatory start-up costs faced by growers.

The Agriculture Department would also issue competitive grants to hemp researchers who are developing cultivation methods and uses for the plant. "Sen. McConnell's support is critical to helping us move hemp from research and pilot programs to full commercial production". Is this the same as its distant cousin?

"Here in Kentucky, we have built the best Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program in the country and have established a model for how other states can do the same with buy-in from growers, processors, and law enforcement", Quarles said.

A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison concluded that hemp production "is not likely to generate sizeable profits" and also noted that worldwide competition would affect the U.S. Most of the hemp for these sales was imported from China and Canada.

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"Recognizing in federal statute the difference between hemp and its illicit cousin, we can allow this industry to continue to flourish here in Kentucky", Leader McConnell said. And yet it's useful in a number of products, including textiles, food, and oils.

He continued: "Imagine, instead of pink fiberglass, we could use Kentucky grown, environmentally sustainable hemp to insulate our houses".

As it turns out, McConnell's home state of Kentucky has taken one of the more liberal interpretations of Obama's farm bill. Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that directed the Justice Department to place a low priority on enforcing federal law in states where cannabis has been legalized in January. He announced the imminent filing of the bill in Frankfort, Kentucky, alongside Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. The company is expected to create 140 full-time jobs in the West Kentucky farming community.

"Industrial hemp is the next big thing in Kentucky", Keith Taylor, chief operating officer at KRB, said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

There is already a production facility run by GenCanna on the Hemp Research Campus in Winchester, Kentucky, which is a re-purposed former tobacco research facility.

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