McConnell Introduces Hemp Farming Act
By WestKyStar Staff
WASHINGTON DC - Kentucky US Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill on the Senate floor Thursday which would remove hemp from the list of controlled substances and open the door for farmers to sell and grow it as an agricultural product. 

McConnell said Kentucky farmers are optimistic about the legislation concerning the plant which is closely related to marijuana. 

“This is a historic day for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as Leader McConnell has introduced a bipartisan bill to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity,” Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles said. “This is an incredible milestone for the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program we’ve built here in Kentucky.”

The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Democrats from Oregon.

Published 08:22 AM, Saturday Apr. 14, 2018
Updated 02:04 PM, Saturday Apr. 14, 2018

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