President Trump signs McConnell Hemp Bill into law

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“I was proud to do my part to bring hemp back to Kentucky, and I look forward to continuing to support its bright future in the Bluegrass State.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising President Trump for signing the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill).

The legislation contains the legislation – authored by McConnell – that empowers farmers to expand cultivation of industrial hemp.

McConnell’s bill legalizes hemp as an agricultural commodity by removing it from the federal list of controlled substances.

It also allows states to have the opportunity to regulate hemp production and makes hemp eligible for crop insurance.

“With the stroke of his pen, President Trump has made it official. My bill legalizing industrial hemp is law. Now that the President has signed it, Kentucky‘s farmers can continue to lead the nation in the growing, processing and manufacturing of industrial hemp,” said Senator McConnell. “I am confident the ingenuity of Kentucky’s farmers and producers will find new and creative uses for this exciting crop. We are at the beginning of a new era, and I cannot wait to see what comes next. As Senate Majority Leader, I was proud to do my part to bring hemp back to Kentucky, and I look forward to continuing to support its bright future in the Bluegrass State.”

In addition to the hemp initiative, the Farm Bill strengthens the safety measures that directly help commodity producers as they confront low prices, volatile markets, and the constant threat of natural disasters. It also invests in the future of American agriculture and rural communities by expanding rural broadband, enhancing water infrastructure, and continuing the fight against the opioid epidemic that is devastating rural America. 

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(This story was originally published on December 20, 2018)

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