WEED FEED / John Ross Ferrara / Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 @ 8:46 a.m.

Weed Feed: Industrial Hemp Legalization Included in 2018 Farm Bill

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A provision to legalize industrial hemp is included in the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill, a general piece of legislation renewed every few years that provides billions of dollars in federal aid to farmers and impoverished Americans.

Senate Majority Leader Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the bill was agreed upon by Republican and Democratic parties on Thursday.

“Pleased that my provision to legalize industrial hemp is included in the Farm Bill,” McConnell tweeted last week.

Marijuana Moment reports that lawmakers are hoping to pass the bill before the end of the year, after making a few more changes to the legalease.

According to VoteHemp.com, the bill defines “hemp” as the entire plant, including seeds and extracts that contain less than 0.3 percent THC. The nonprofit advocacy organization also reports that the provision would remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

If passed, the bill will be sent to President Trump for final approval.


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