U.S. Senate Committee Votes to Protect State Hemp Laws, Allow Interstate Transportation

hempAn agriculture appropriations bill that was approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee includes a provision to protect states that have legalized hemp from federal interference.

“Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper, and I want to make sure our legal hemp producers can safely transport their crops between states, including to states that maintain processing facilities, so they can fully capitalize on the commercial potential for this commodity,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the amendment’s sponsor, following the vote.

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U.S. Senate Committee Votes to Protect State-Level Medical Cannabis Laws

medical-marijuana-symbolIn a huge victory for cannabis law reform, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to approve an amendment to a federal spending bill offered by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) that would protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference by the Department of Justice, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vote was 20 to 10.

The amendment mirrors one that passed the full House of Representatives last week with a 242 to 186 vote.

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