[Senate Majority Leader] wants hemp removed from controlled substance list

The U.S. Senate’s top leader [Mitch McConnell] said Monday (March 26, 2018) he wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the controlled substances list… [he] told hemp advocates in his home state of Kentucky that he will introduce legislation to legalize the crop as an agricultural commodity.

Hemp advocates fighting for years to restore the crop’s legitimacy hailed McConnell’s decision to put his political influence behind the effort to make it a legal crop again. “This is a huge development for the hemp industry,” Steenstra said. “Sen. McConnell’s support is critical to helping us move hemp from research and pilot programs to full commercial production.” Brian Furnish, an eighth-generation tobacco farmer in Kentucky, has started making the switch to hemp production. His family will grow about 300 acres (120 hectares) of hemp this year in Harrison County. He’s also part owner of a company that turns hemp into food, fiber and dietary supplements. Furnish said hemp has the potential to rival or surpass what tobacco production once meant to Kentucky.

Original Article (News Observer):
[Senate Majority Leader] wants hemp removed from controlled substance list
Artwork Fair Use by: Nashville Public Radio

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