Hemp Has Friends in High Places, Namely the US Senate Leadership

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mmcbride, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. mmcbride

    mmcbride Administrator Staff Member


    The leader of the United States Senate continues to push hemp legislation forward.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday, June 8, 2018, that he has successfully inserted legislation into the Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill, which would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.

    The bill, referred to as the Hemp Farm Act of 2018 would accomplish four primary goals:

    • Remove the fibrous plant from the federal government’s Controlled Substance Act
    • Allow hemp cultivation to be regulated by individual states as a legal agricultural commodity
    • Allow researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from the US Department of Agriculture
    • Allow hemp farmers to apply for crop insurance

  2. Dutch Pimp

    Dutch Pimp Up in Smoke

    yeah...Kentucky farmers needs something to replace tobacco
  3. TomSawyer2112

    TomSawyer2112 Registered+

    Be aware that senator Grassly has added an amendment to this bill to make CBD a schedule 1 substance.
  4. TomSawyer2112

    TomSawyer2112 Registered+

    TCIA opposes the last minute, aggressive Grassley Amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill, which would remove CBD from the legal definition of "hemp". See below from the U.S. Hemp Roundtable and please act now...

    Late this afternoon, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) filed an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill which would devastate the industry’s efforts to promote full legalization of hemp and hemp products. Specifically, Grassley’s amendment (here) would explicitly exclude “cannabinoids,” “extracts” and “derivatives” from the definition of hemp. This could mean that popular products such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) may be treated by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance — akin to heroin. Cynically, Sen. Grassley has also included language that would provide for research on medical marijuana — even though hemp products do not contain more than trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

    It is critical that we block this last-minute effort to try to sink the bi-partisan Hemp Farming Act. If we apply enough political pressure, Senator Grassley might even withdraw his amendment from consideration.

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