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.