This week in Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell made a bold move to distinguish Hemp vs. Marijuana, with his proposal to establish the Hemp Farming Act, which would expunge hemp from the federal controlled substances list and make it legal to grow and sell.
Although hemp is closely related to marijuana, it is a different strain of cannabis sativa, and it doesn’t contain the psychoactive effects of its cousin. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives the high, while marijuana contains up to 30 percent.
Hemp has a place in agricultural history in the U.S. Once grown for its fibres, it was used to produce rope, clothes and textiles. It can also be used as a sustainable construction material, and the seeds of hemp are a highly nutritious food.
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