Hemp Politics – The one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on

American Hemp Politics are making headway these days as the Senate’s Farm Bill gets closer to realization.

They might not agree on much, but if there’s one thing the Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s hemp. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been the mastermind behind getting hemp into the limelight. He’s been backed by several Senators including Minority Leader Chuck Schemer and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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The Senate Farm Bill includes a clause that would remove hemp from the Schedule 1 list of controlled substances. It’s possible that the Bill will be passed at the end of this month. If so, restrictions would be lifted and hemp would become a legal crop in the U.S.

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Hemp Politics – Delaware is all set and ready to go!

Delaware’s Hemp Politics have made excellent progress and the state is both hopeful and prepared for federal legalisation of industrial hemp.

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On August 28th, Senate Bill 266 was signed, which paved the way for industrial hemp farming in the state of Delaware.

The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal for individual states to set up hemp pilot programs through state agriculture departments and universities, but for research purposes only. Now the federal government is considering removing all restrictions and barriers, making industrial hemp a legal crop nationwide.

Bill 266 puts everything in place, so that once the federal ban is lifted, Delaware is all set and ready to go!

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Hemp Politics – Whole plant harvest now legal in Canada

In Canadian Hemp Politics, the federal government has legalised the harvest of hemp flowers, buds and leaves. Hemp growers are no longer limited to just the seeds, stalks and fibres of the crop.

This change in industrial hemp regulations was put into effect on August 10th by Health Canada. Prior to this, it was illegal to harvest the flowers, buds and leaves of hemp plants in Canada.

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Whole plant harvest opens up opportunities for the production of CBD and other medicinal products.

This is a good boost for Canadians’ health and economy.

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Hemp Politics – Skepticism of Indiana legislators hindering hemp progress

In the state of Indiana, Hemp Politics are holding back the revival of a very fruitful crop.

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State leaders are still skeptical about hemp, while Indiana farmers are eager to grow it and process it into a variety of products, from food to auto parts.

Indiana implemented a hemp pilot program, whereby the Purdue University has permission to cultivate hemp for research purposes. According to Ronald Turco, Department Head of Agronomy, the studies show that Indiana’s climate and soil are well-suited for growing hemp. He says there’s a hemp industry that is just waiting to happen.

The Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is responsible for establishing regulations on how to regulate the crop in the state. Their report will be released in November.

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Hemp Politics – New federal hemp legislation means huge potential growth for U.S. hemp industry

In U.S. Hemp Politics, federal legalisation is on the horizon, and hemp supporters are predicting that hemp will become a mainstream crop.

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On Friday, Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., defined this legislation as bringing back hemp as a standard crop which, due to its association with marijuana, has been illegal to grow for many years.

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant, but it has low or untraceable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.

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Hemp Politics – Canadian government revises hemp regulations to allow for whole plant harvest

In Canadian Hemp Politics, the government has amended hemp regulations, to allow farmers to harvest the whole plant, including the flowers and leaves.

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According to the Canadian government, this regulation upgrade could result in a massive economic boost within the coming decade. The government recognises the growing popularity and demand for Cannabidiol (CBD), which is used to produce medicinal products, as well as supplements and beauty products.

In Canada, the cultivation of industrial hemp was legalised in 1998, but the law didn’t permit the whole plant to be harvested. The flowers and leaves, the parts that contain the cannabinoids, had to be discarded, but not anymore.

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Hemp Politics – 20 years later, hemp is finally turning heads in U.S. politics

Two decades ago in Idaho, legislator Tom Trail was determined to bring Hemp Politics into the limelight, but the stigma of the hemp plant hindered any progress.

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During his time as State Representative, Trail advocated for hemp legalisation and sought support from fellow legislators. He made several attempts to raise awareness in the Congress about the value of industrial hemp and its misalignment with its disreputable cousin.

Unfortunately, Trail’s attempts were not recognised, and the one bill of his that actually made it out of committee, was voted out by the House with a 47-15 vote.

This is significantly different from what’s happening today in the U.S. Senate. Twenty years after Trail’s thwarted efforts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pushing to make hemp cultivation legal at the federal level, and he’s getting plenty of support.

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Hemp Politics – McConnell advocates for hemp inclusion in Senate farm bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has brought up Hemp Politics again this week.

McConnell is looking to finally legislate hemp as an agricultural product just like any other. He has been the heartbeat behind getting it into the legislation known as “The Farm Bill.” A little less than a fortnight ago, it was said that without him, hemp would not have made it into the bill.

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Along with the farm bill, McConnell, together with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have introduced a solo bill looking to take hemp off the infamous federal list of controlled substances and make it what it is – just another agricultural crop.

The sign that things might be changing is the fact that there are two “Dems” and two “Reps” involved in this separate bill, collaborating to review the antiquated view of hemp.

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Hemp Politics – U.S. Senators agree to build up a national hemp seed bank

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Senators are taking a significant leap forward with their decision to reestablish a national supply of high quality hemp seeds.

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They’ve given orders to the agriculture departments to start collecting cannabis genetics that can become the nations hemp seed bank, and they’re investing $500,000 to get the job done.

The Senators understand the importance of developing a hemp industry in the U.S., and that without a national collection of high quality seeds, progress is hindered.

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Hemp Politics – The Senate majority leader is to have last word

An attempt to put legalisation of industrial hemp into the large farm bill has put Hemp Politics in the limelight this week. Many supporters of the idea were stymied this week and told that it will all come down to the opinion and/or support of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

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Rep’s Andy Barr and James Comer of Kentucky, and a few others, have tried to get the legalisation issue in front of the House for a vote, but they were told by the Rules Committee Chairman, Pete Sessions, R-Texas, to leave it alone. The final say on this will be had by McConnell.

McConnell has been a longtime supporter of the issue, bringing it in as a research project in the 2014 Farm Bill. McConnell, a Senator of six terms, is looking to run again in 2020 and will need all the support possible from the farming and agricultural communities.

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