Farm Bill To Lift Federal Hemp Ban
Mitch McConnell spoke out on Friday and reaffirmed that the provisions lifting the federal prohibition of hemp will be included in the engrossed language of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Which is currently in debate by leadership in conference committee.
“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.” – McConnell Told Reporters.
Sen. McConnell included in the Senate version of the bill that the hemp-specific provisions would amend federal regulations. This would further expand the research, commerce, and help facilitate state-licensed hemp production. This would also amend the federal controlled substances act of 1970. It would include that hemp plants containing no more than 0.3% of THC shall be no longer classified under the schedule 1 control act. (See page 1182, Section 12608: ‘Conforming changes to controlled substances act.’)
Lawmakers are aiming to finalize and pass the 2018 farm legislation prior to new year.