Senate Passes Legislation to Legalize Hemp as Agricultural Commodity
By Jordaine Carney
The Senate passed legislation on Thursday that would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.
The bill, a key priority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.), was included in a mammoth farm bill that cleared the Senate 86-11.
"I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles and give our state the opportunity to seize its full potential and once again become the national leader for hemp production. That is why I strongly advocated for this measure to be included in the Farm Bill," McConnell said in a statement after the farm bill passed the Senate.