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.

Hemp Politics

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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