SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL ANNOUNCES THAT FARM BILL COULD LEGALIZE HEMP
- November 13, 2018
Originally cultivated nearly 9,000 years ago (approximately), hemp might possibly hold the record as the longest domesticated crop in history. For centuries, this product has been used in the production of paper, textiles, and cordage, and, several years ago, the Columbia History of the World listed a piece of hemp fabric as the oldest artifact in recorded human history (dated at 8,000 B.C.). With a timeline that impressive, you would have to wonder why this non-psychoactive variety of marijuana (Cannabis sativa I, to be exact) was ever lost to American history (besides the initial Marijuana Tax Act of 1937). Still, 2018 has been a year of great change for the little green plant, so you will definitely not be surprised to hear that hemp might be making a comeback soon, thanks to the efforts of a politician. Let’s take a closer look at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement of hemp reintroduction as part of the Farm Bill.
The Hemp is Back in Town
On Friday, November 9, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his plans to complete work on a farm bill that will (in a surprising twist) legalize hemp production. However, the fight might be a bit rigorous from this point. Due to the instigation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), political efforts to reintroduce farm bills have become a series of uphill hikes due to requirements for food stamps. While lawmakers are battling over this problem, McConnell has guaranteed that one provision will cover hemp legalization, and it will be approved.
Born and raised in Kentucky, McConnell has spearheaded the effort to remove hemp from the controlled substances list and has fought to make sure the production of this herb makes a comeback in his home state. Unlike marijuana, hemp has scant traces of THC, and, interestingly enough, this herb is gaining popularity in Kentucky. In fact, in 2018, farmers across the state cultivated thousands of hemp plants and helped create a variety of products. While McConnell has not stated that hemp is the “next tobacco” (in terms of legalization), he is confident the farm bill is a step in the right direction.
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