US Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp After 80 Year Ban

The Senate passed their version of the farm bill on Thursday, with a 86-11 vote. The Farm Bill, containing provisions to legalize the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp, would legalize hemp ending the decades long ban under marijuana prohibition. In an article published by Forbes, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would also make hemp plants eligible for crop insurance.

“Consumers across America buy hundreds of millions in retail products every year that contain hemp,” McConnell said in a floor speech on Thursday. “But due to outdated federal regulations that do not sufficiently distinguish this industrial crop from its illicit cousin, American farmers have been mostly unable to meet that demand themselves. It’s left consumers with little choice but to buy imported hemp products from foreign-produced hemp.

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