Mitch McConnell Moves to Legalize Hemp
The Senate Majority leader announced that he intends to introduce a bipartisan bill to legalize industrial hemp as an “agricultural commodity” and wants to set aside federal grant money for hemp farmers, reported Forbes.
"I will be introducing a bill when I go back to senate a week from today," said Senator Mitch McConnell, "to finally legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances."
Senator McConnell added that he was optimistic that industrial hemp could be for Kentucky what tobacco once was.
He continued: “Imagine, instead of pink fiberglass, we could use Kentucky grown, environmentally sustainable hemp to insulate our houses.”
But he’s not nearly as enamored of hemp’s “illicit cousin,” as the Senator calls cannabis.
McConnell's office said the new bill “will also give hemp researchers the chance to apply for competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – allowing them to continue their impressive work with the support of federal research dollars.”
In its endless wisdom, the DEA either cannot, or will not, make a distinction between the plants’ fundamental differences.
But, in the meantime, can we please get some federal grant money to study hemp’s “illicit cousin,” which also has numerous medical benefits?