Impending Farm Bill Includes Provision On Legalizing Hemp Production And Sales
President Trump declared the cultivation of industrial hemp legal on 20th December 2018. He did so by signing a bipartisan farm bill, with its main aim to boost the agriculture industry.
Hemp fiber is used when making various products, including carpets, paper, clothes, cardboard and more. It is considered to be a non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant.
Hemp sales and products historically have been illegal. This is because it fell under the umbrella of the part(s) of the marijuana plant used as a drug. It also is different than that used to create cbd oil. The bill only covers industrial hemp, not medical or recreational marijuana.
Several government officials worked together in order to introduce the bill that legalizes hemp. Namely, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) worked on this aspect of the larger farm bill.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell stated that he used his hemp pen to sign the conference report, which serves to clear the way for the Senate and House to pass this piece of legislation and send it along to the President. He further explained that he is proud that the farm bill includes his provision to legalize production of industrial hemp. He believes it is a substantial victory for consumers and farmers alike in our country.
The farm bill works to remove any obstacles that farmers face when growing hemp. This includes water rights, crop insurance, and restricted access to banking. Since hemp is easier to grow than corn, soybeans or cotton, it is an even more practical choice. The plant does not require much water, and it is viable in lower-quality soil.
This provision is only one of the aspects of the bill that is meant to give aid farmers now that exports like soybeans have taken a hit during the trade war with China and other countries.