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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told hemp advocates in his home state of Kentucky that he will introduce legislation to legalize the crop as an agricultural commodity. The versatile crop has been grown on an experimental basis in a number of states in recent years.
Kentucky has been at the forefront of hemp's comeback. Kentucky agriculture officials recently approved more than 12,000 acres (4,856 hectares) to be grown in the state this year, and 57 Kentucky processors are helping turn the raw product into a multitude of products.
Hemp advocates fighting for years to restore the crop's legitimacy hailed McConnell's decision to put his political influence behind the effort. "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."
"I think we've worked our way through the education process of making sure everybody understands this is really a different plant," the Republican leader said. McConnell said he plans to have those discussions with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to emphasize the differences between the plants. The Trump administration has taken a tougher stance on marijuana.
originally posted by: Irishhaf
welp a blind squirrel really can find a nut every now and again... wonder what kind of threat there is to his reelection or did he just get an opportunity to invest in Hemp.
I guess Mitch McConnell and Jeff sessions are going to have to Duke it out.
and all of a sudden hops would now be illegal (almost happened too).
The DOJ will probably approve making hemp legal