U.S. Congress Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp, Sending it to President Trump

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes a provision to legalize hemp throughout the country.

The 2018 Farm Bill was passed by the House today by a vote of 369 to 47. The vote comes a day after the Senate approved the same bill 87 to 13. Now that it’s been passed by the full Congress it will be sent to President Trump, who has said he will sign it into law once given the opportunity.

The legislation is a wide-reaching bill that covers many facets of the farming industry. A provision in the measure, put forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, removes hemp from the federal list of controlled substances. This effectively legalizes it throughout the country, allowing farmers to grow it as they can any other agricultural commodity such as tomatoes.

Once the law takes effect hemp will become legal for the first time in decades.

According to congressional research, the hemp market consists of over 25,000 various products ranging from textiles to food products. Despite its cultivation being illegal, the United States imports roughly half a billion dollars in hemp each year from other countries.

2 comments

  1. Keep on keeping on!

    • Mike L. Wallace Jr. on December 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm
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    Was the Federal Drug Schedule List created with the sole purpose to block research into the Medical Benefits of Marijuana? In an attempt to hide from the public – the fact that before Marijuana Prohibition it was an already accepted Medicine Worldwide for hundreds of years. I know it sounds Crooked / Shady. But we know Marijuana Prohibition replaced Non Narcotic Industrial Hemp Products with Synthetic Products that have poisoned our Planet & a Racist Agenda Imprisoned many Innocent Non Violent American Citizens because they had Darker Skin Pigment. I REALLY believe Marijuana Prohibition was created to replace Medical Marijuana with Synthetic Drugs. Meant to relieve the symptoms of Cannabinoid Deficiency. Never solving the Root Problem. Keeping the public dependent on Poisonous Synthetic Drugs. Thus creating a never ending Cash Flow. All the while knowing that Cannabis is “THE CURE”. The No. #1 condition for Medical Marijuana should be having access for daily consumption to PREVENT illnesses (including Cancers). But isn’t that Recreational Marijuana?

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