Developing: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Pushes To Legalize Hemp

In a decision cheered by free market conservatives, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced his support of a bill to legalize hemp products.

McConnell says hemp plays an important role in Kentucky’s future.

The bill has long been supported by fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

According to The Hill:

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a new bill on Monday that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity, according to WKYT.

“Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agriculture heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future,” McConnell said in a statement.

If approved, the act would allow states to control their own hemp regulations by removing federal restrictions. WKYT also reported it would give hemp researchers the ability to apply for grants through the Department of Agriculture.”