In a historic vote, the United States Senate has just passed a bill that would legalize hemp across the nation.
By a vote of 86 to 11, the U.S. Senate has voted to remove industrial hemp from the federal list of controlled substances, which would explicitly legalize it on the federal level. The provision to legalize hemp was included as part of a broader, far-reaching farm bill.
“Consumers across America buy hundreds of millions in retail products every year that contain hemp,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a floor speach. “But due to outdated federal regulations that do not sufficiently distinguish this industrial crop from its illicit cousin, American farmers have been mostly unable to meet that demand themselves. It’s left consumers with little choice but to buy imported hemp products from foreign-produced hemp.”
Senator McConnel is the sponsor of the provision to legalize hemp. The full farm bill will now be considered by the House of Representatives.