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Mitch McConnell Wants to Take Hemp Off the Controlled Substance List

Mitch McConnell Wants to Take Hemp Off the Controlled Substance List

"But one thing I know for certain is, due to the farmer lead research here in Kentucky we are the best positioned state in the nation to capture the economic impact of industrial hemp if and when it becomes commercialized".

Sen. Mitch McConnell introduced a bill to legalize industrial hemp.

The family connection sidelined hemp production for decades. A provision pushed by McConnell allowed state agriculture departments to designate hemp research and development projects. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will co-sponsor the bill, which is also backed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, McConnell said. The work of Commissioner Quarles here in Kentucky has become a nationwide example for the right way to cultivate hemp.

If enacted, the act would give states even more control over hemp regulations by removing all federal limitations and giving researchers a possible boost from federal grants from the Department of Agriculture. McConnell has helped create new federal and state legal permissions for hemp, along with him involvement in the Agricultural Act of 2014, CNN's report states.

The company's pilot program has turned hemp into home insulation, composites, plastics and animal bedding. So far, more than 30 states have authorized hemp research.

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Hemp-a product that does not contain enough THC to process the psychoactive properties of cannabis-has always been punished by the drug war for being tangentially related to pot. Hemp has historically been used for rope but has hundreds of other uses, including clothing and mulch from the fiber, hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, as well as soap and lotions. "But I think most everybody ... now understands this is a totally different plant".

"All we've got to do is the government get out of the way and let us grow", he told reporters.

Hemp contains negligible amounts of THC - the intoxicating substance in marijuana- and can't get you high.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) announced today that he will soon be introducing legislation in the United States Senate that would end the nation's long-standing prohibition on hemp.

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The top republican in the US Senate, a Kentucky native, wants to take the stigma away from hemp. He said the measure would allow states to have primary regulatory oversight of hemp production if they submit plans to federal agriculture officials outlining how they would monitor production. "I am grateful to join our Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles in this effort".

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