Senate Agriculture Panel Passes Farm Bill with Hemp LegalizationJune 13, 2018
The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday passed the 2018 farm bill in a 20-1 vote despite an attempt to tighten farmer subsidies.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, cast the sole “no” vote, because his amendment to limit subsidy payments wasn’t added to the proposed bill.
The farm bill includes hemp legalization legislation that is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
McConnell made a case during Wednesday’s agriculture panel meeting for supporting the hemp legalization.
“It’s time to figure it out and see where this market will take us,” he said. “I think it’s an important new development in American agriculture. There’s plenty of hemp around; it’s just coming from other countries. Why in the world would we want a lot of it to not come from here?” says McConnell, “Younger farmers in my state are particularly interested in going in this direction. We have a lot of people in my state who are extremely enthusiastic about the possibilities. As we all know, hemp is very diversified.”
McConnell’s hemp legislation, known as the Hemp Farming Act, is included in the Senate’s farm bill and would remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances under federal law.