U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s advocacy for hemp, has put Hemp in the News this week. McConnell declared that he will introduce legislation to make hemp legal as an agricultural commodity.
For the past few years, several states have been growing hemp under the regulations of the 2014 Federal Farm Bill. The farm bill permits the cultivation of hemp by state agriculture departments, for research purposes only.
What keeps hemp from legalisation is the stigma attached to it, due to its relation to marijuana. However, although hemp and marijuana are both species of the Cannabis sativa plant, hemp contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana that gives the high.
Hemp has so many more valuable uses, including clothing, food products, and building materials. It’s high time hemp was removed from the controlled substances list and made a legal crop, once and for all.
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