Mitch McConnell Vows To Introduce Bill That Would Legalize Hemp

Hemp is a versatile, renewable resource - but one that is difficult to grow due to legal constraints. Now, a new bill could change that.

At a stop in his home state of Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his intention to introduce a bill that would make hemp legal as an “agricultural commodity”.

McConnell previously cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in 2015.

CNN reports that during a stop in Frankfort, Kentucky today, McConnell praised hemp-based products made by Kentucky-based company Sunstrand.

"Imagine, instead of pink fiberglass," McConnell said, "we could use Kentucky grown, environmentally sustainable hemp to insulate our houses. This represents just one many uses that Kentuckians are finding for this versatile crop."

While being careful to differentiate hemp from what he called its "illicit cousin", he pledged to introduce the Hemp Farm Act of 2018 upon his return to the Senate next week:

"First and foremost, this bill will finally legalize hemp, legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from list of controlled substances."

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