Industrial Hemp is Now Included in the 2018 Farm Bill
In a move that marks a major shift in U.S. agriculture and drug policy, House and Senate lawmakers have come to an agreement over the status of industrial hemp in H.R. 2, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Known as the 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2 includes far-reaching provisions that lift the ban on hemp, authorize hemp production and research and amend the Controlled Substances Act. Furthermore, the reconciled version of the Farm Bill paves the way for the federal regulation of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) extracts. For hemp CBD consumers, that would mean both better product consistency and quality and an end to the legal ambiguity of hemp CBD.
Congress Lifts Hundred-Year-Old Prohibition on Commercial Hemp
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has consistently opposed the legalization of cannabis. But in Congress, McConnell has been nothing short of a champion of industrial hemp. “It is a different plant,” McConnell told reporters back in May. “It has an illicit cousin which I choose not to embrace.”
Yet the longest-serving Republic Senator in the history of the U.S. has fully embraced industrial hemp. Already back in 2014, McConnell led the effort to add hemp-related provisions to that year’s Farm Bill. Those provisions allowed states