Whether he knows it or not, U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is fighting to legalize a cannabis crop that bears a striking physical resemblance to marijuana.
In a joint announcement with Kentucky’s Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, McConnell said he wants his home of Kentucky to become a leader in cannabis cultivation. The senator and Quarles said in a news release on Monday that they plan to introduce the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from the list of illegal controlled substances where its been for decades.
Federal drug laws have long banned the cultivation of hemp, a cannabis crop that looks like marijuana but does not have enough THC to create a high. But advocates and farmers note that it has thousands of potential uses. Much of the agriculture industry has already been lobbying to declassify hemp as a Schedule I controlled substance.
Farming groups support hemp initiative
The Farm Bureau, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Farmers Union, and the National Conference of State Legislatures have all argued in recent