Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) has announced unveiled a new bill that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product.
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would legalize hemp and remove it from the federal list of controlled substances, 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.
The act would allow states to control their own hemp regulations by removing federal restrictions and would also give hemp researchers the ability to apply for grants through the Department of Agriculture.
The bill is being co-sponsored by US Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
The Hill adds:
Kentucky is currently conducting a pilot program through the federal Department of Agriculture to grow hemp, WDRB reported Monday.
A team at the University of Louisville began harvesting the crop on campus in 2016 to study its use as bio-fuel and an energy source.