Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushing hemp legalization bill
The Hemp Farming Act would remove the plant from the federal list of controlled substances and permit the public to grow and sell it as an agricultural product.
Hemp, sometimes called marijuana’s “kissing cousin,” is also in the cannabis sativa family, one of the three main subtypes of the cannabis plant. But unlike marijuana, hemp is a non-intoxicating crop that contains less than 1 percent of the psychoactive substance THC, which gives marijuana users a high. Marijuana, on the other hand, can contain up to 30 percent THC.
Hemp also contains more Cannabidiol or CBD, a non-intoxicating compound with medical uses, compared to marijuana.
Physically, hemp leaves are skinnier than marijuana leaves and much easier to grow outdoors in diverse climates. And its uses as a renewable source for raw materials are plenty.
Hemp seeds and flowers are often used