Senate Majority Leader: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill) will lift federal hemp ban

Senate Majority Leader: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill) will lift federal hemp ban

November 20, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters on Friday that provisions lifting a federal ban on hemp will be included in H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill). The legislation is currently being considered by leadership in a conference committee.

The provisions Sen. McConnell referenced will amend federal regulations and allow state-licensed hemp production, as well as declassify industrial hemp plants containing 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less as a schedule I controlled substance.

“If there’s a Farm Bill, it’ll be in there,” McConnell said. “I guarantee that. I don’t want to overstate this – I don’t know if it’s going to be the next tobacco or not – but I do think it has a lot of potential. And as all of you already know, in terms of food and medicine but also car parts. I mean, it’s an extraordinary plant.”

Lawmakers are expected to finalize and pass the legislation by the end of the year.

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