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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