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Sen. Mitch McConnell Pushes Bill To Legalize Hemp
Posted by CN Staff on March 26, 2018 at 10:21:20 PT
By Tom Angell 
Source: Forbes 

hemp Washington, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Senate announced on Monday that he will soon be filing a bill to legalize industrial hemp and allocate federal money for cultivation of the crop.

"We all are so optimistic that industrial hemp can become sometime in the future what tobacco was in Kentucky's past," U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at a press conference alongside the state's agriculture commissioner.

"I will be introducing when I go back to senate a week from today," he said, legislation to "finally legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances."....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://cannabisnews.com/news/29/thread29262.shtml

 


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Federally legal hemp, a fruitful endeavor in Colorado, gets jolt from Republican Mitch McConnell

McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it as an agricultural commodity.

Mar 26, 2018,

 

Colorado’s burgeoning hemp industry got a jolt Monday when Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Majority Leader, gave his full-throated support of shoring up federal laws around hemp.

 

McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it as an agricultural commodity.

 

Right now, no state grows more hemp than Colorado, and federal legalization could prove bountiful for growers and those who can farm out their expertise elsewhere.....

 

 

https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/03/26/hemp-farming-act-2018-mitch-mcconell/102423/


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Mitch McConnell Wants Congress to Legalize Hemp

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Monday that he intends to introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an “agricultural commodity.”

 

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, cosponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rep. Jamie Comer (R-KY), would remove federal barriers to the planting and production of hemp, open the way for researchers to apply for grants from the US Department of Agriculture, and allow for state regulation of the plant......

 

 

 

https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/mitch-mcconnell-wants-congress-to-legalize-hemp


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Why Is GOP Senate Leader McConnell Supporting Hemp Legalization?

'This bill will finally legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce legislation to make hemp — a variety of marijuana mostly associated with industrial uses that has a long history in the US — a cash crop nationwide.

 

Hemp is cultivated in some states legally in sanctioned programs, but is currently considered a controlled substance by the federal government.

 

During a stop in Frankfort, Ky., CNN quoted McConnell as saying:

I just had an opportunity to see some interesting and innovative products, some of which you see here on the table, made with Kentucky-grown hemp … Sunstrand, based in Louisville, contracts with farmers in Henry County to grow hemp that they process into a number of consumer products including home insulation....

 

https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/gop-senate-leader-mcconnell-supports-hemp-legalization/


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Potential federal bill to legalize industrial hemp farming in U.S.

 

rants Pass, Ore. – Oregon already has 17 registered industrial hemp farmers because it’s legal within our borders. Some of those farmers said the farming industry in the U.S. could be revitalized with the passing of this bill.

 

Kit Doyle has been in the hemp business for years, and he says deregulating this crop in Oregon is already proving helpful to the business and economy. He’s hoping to see the same thing happen nation-wide.

 

“This would basically make it like…avocados, you can make guacamole if you want. You can breed and sell everywhere across the state lines, you can do banking, you can get insurance for your crop and all of those things are really important in a traditional sense in the way our systems are built to have this crop be grown in any mass,” Doyle said.....

 

 

 

https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/potential-federal-bill-to-legalize-industrial-hemp-farming-in-u-s-74636/


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Could push from influential senate leader break hemp away from perceived ties to marijuana?

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hemp advocates have a powerful ally in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican said he will introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity by removing the plant — prized for its oils, seeds and fiber —from the list of controlled substances.

 

A look at hemp’s tortured past and its prospects for the future:

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA?

 

Hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.

 

THEN WHY IS HEMP ILLEGAL?

 

The family connection sidelined hemp production for decades. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned due to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana.....

 

 

 

http://www.thecannifornian.com/cannabis-news/nation-world/push-influential-senate-leader-break-hemp-away-perceived-ties-marijuana/

 


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Hemp Legalization Bill Draws Unlikely Bedfellows

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Oregon Democratic lawmakers Wyden and Merkley are on board—but they are joined by Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell.

Posted: Apr. 12, 2018 4:48 PM
Updated: Apr. 12, 2018 5:01 PM

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An effort to legalize hemp at a federal level has arrived at the U.S. Senate in the form of the 'Hemp Farming Act of 2018.' Two of the bill's chief sponsors are familiar Oregon Democrats—Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-Or). The third sponsor is U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).....

 

 

http://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Hemp-Legalization-Bill-Draws-Unlikely-Bedfellows-479582393.html


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Mitch McConnell Has Officially Filed His Promised Hemp Farming Bill

Today, the Senate Majority Leader has made good on his words. Mitch McConnell has officially filed his promised hemp farming bill.

 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has officially filed his promised hemp farming bill on Thursday. This bill, if passed, would legalize the cultivation of hemp and remove the plant from the list of controlled substances banned under federal law. The move would make good on McConnell’s promise to farmers who view hemp as a potentially lucrative crop.

 

The full text of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was released shortly after the senator, joined by co-sponsors Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), announced the bill during a speech on the Senate floor Thursday.

 

“During the recent state work period, I talked to a number of farmers, manufacturers, and small business owners who expressed enthusiasm for hemp’s potential, and I was proud to stand with Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles to announce the impending introduction of this bill,” McConnell said in a press release.....

 

 

 

 

 

https://hightimes.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-officially-filed-promised-hemp-farming-bill/


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Boehner Latest Name in Republican Support of Cannabis Legalization

 

A surprising new advocate for marijuana has stepped forward. Republican former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a medical marijuana company. Boehner tweeted his decision, stating that his “thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.” Acreage Holdings cultivates and distributes medical marijuana products to 11 states throughout the country. His involvement in such a large company has been a profound statement that some are calling a sign that marijuana truly has become mainstream.

Leaving Cannabis to the 10th Amendment

Former Republican and Massachusetts Governor William Weld will also join Boehner on Acreage’s board. Weld was the Governor for Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997, a state which has since decided to legalize the plant for recreational as well as medical purposes. Weld was also the Libertarian Party’s candidate for vice president in 2016. According to Bloomberg, both politicians state that they have never used the plant. But they also believe its legal status, state to state, is a 10th Amendment issue, which is about letting states decide their own laws. “If some states don’t want marijuana to be legal, that’s their prerogative,” Weld said. “But that shouldn’t be dictated by the nanny state in Washington.”......

 

http://www.marijuanaresources.com/boehner-latest-name-republican-support-cannabis-legalization/


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Federally legal hemp gets jolt from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell

McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it as an agricultural commodity.

 

• Updated:

 

Colorado’s burgeoning hemp industry got a jolt Monday when Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Majority Leader, gave his full-throated support of shoring up federal laws around hemp.

 

McConnell announced plans to introduce The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove hemp from regulation as a controlled substance and treat it as an agricultural commodity.....

 

 

https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/03/26/hemp-farming-act-2018-mitch-mcconell/102423/


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Hemp Farming Act of 2018 introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell

The bill, if successful, would end the debate that has picked apart the hemp plant

Apr 12, 2018

 

Hemp could be made whole again — and explicitly legal — under a new bill introduced Thursday by the leader of the U.S. Senate.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Hemp Farming Act of 2018 aims to establish hemp as an agricultural commodity, protect state regimes, add crop insurance, and bolster research. And right off the bat, the bill quashes questions about whether those hemp-derived CBD-rich extracts are indeed legal....

 

 

 

https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/04/12/mcconnell-hemp-farming-act-of-2018/103438/

 


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  John Boehner: Here's What Changed His Mind

 

 

Posted by CN Staff on April 11, 2018 at 11:19:11 PT
By Christopher Ingraham and Alex Horton 
Source: Washington Post 

cannabis USA -- John A. Boehner, the former Republican speaker of the House who once said he was �unalterably opposed� to decriminalizing marijuana laws, has joined a board of directors for a cannabis company with an eye on rolling back federal regulations.

The former Ohio congressman, who led a party that was historically opposed to legalizing marijuana, has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, Boehner said in a statement Wednesday. The company grows and sells legal weed and operates in 11 states......

 

 

 

 

 

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Senate’s Top Republican Introduces Bill to Legalize Hemp Nationwide

 

Industrial hemp has the potential to give America’s struggling farmers a new means to support their families and invigorate the agricultural economy. But first, the federal government needs to get out of the way.

 

That’s according to US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who on Thursday introduced a bill that would legalize industrial hemp, the form of cannabis that contains little or no psychoactive THC. The bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would remove industrial hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act and eliminate obstacles around such issues as banking, insurance, and research.....

 

 

 

https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/senates-top-republican-introduces-bill-to-legalize-hemp-nationwide


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Colorado senators throw their support behind Majority Leader McConnell’s hemp bill

Colorado leads the nation in hemp cultivation.

 

Apr 23, 2018,

The U.S. senators from cannabis-friendly Colorado are formally supporting a federal push to legalize hemp.

 

Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, signed on as co-sponsors of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill to let states treat hemp like any other agricultural commodity. With their backing, McConnell’s bill has seven co-sponsors....

 

 

 

https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/04/23/colorado-bennet-gardner-hemp-farming-act-cosponsor/104223/


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