There are varying opinions among lawmakers in U.S. Hemp Politics, but with the support and advocacy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the hemp industry in the U.S. could soon be taking a giant leap forward.
Many other countries are reaping the financial benefits of this versatile crop, but in the U.S. the stigma remains. Hemp was once a thriving crop across the U.S., but mistaken assumptions resulted in a federal ban against it, and it was lumped in with marijuana on the controlled substances list.
Unfortunately, this federal ban meant that farmers, producers and consumers have missed out on decades of fortune and benefits that hemp has to offer. There are thousands of uses of this industrious plant, from food products and cosmetics, to paints, animal feed, paper and clothing.
The stigma stems from the misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same plant, but hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.
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