Industrial Hemp is going to be Legalized Next Week!!
Hemp reportedly has been removed of the controlled substance list as part of the proposed Farm Bill.
There is a significant change coming for farmers: industrial hemp is going to be legalized.
It’s a boom for the increasingly widespread Hemp CBD oil industry, that’s being used for medicinal purposes.
Final votes could come this week on the Farm Bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signed off on the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill on Monday…and he used a pen made of marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, to so do.
The senator has been the leading proponent of an industrial hemp legalization provision, which recently made its way into the final version of the wide-ranging agriculture legislation.
“Making it official with my hemp pen,” McConnell wrote in a tweet that includes video of him signing off on the proposal. “Proud to have served as a conferee on Farm Bill & to fight for Kentucky priorities.”
Lawmakers uncovered the anticipated farm bill compromise on Monday night, ending a very long deadlock over whether a crucial piece of legislation that provides support to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the end of the year.
The agreement had reached after a proposal backed by Republicans and President Trump wanting to add strict work requirements for those who receive food stamps.
The legislation will cost $867 billion over the span of ten years, according to the House Committee.
The bill still needs to pass both the House, the Senate, and be signed into law by the president.
This could come as early as this week.
Changes to food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), emerged as the biggest sticking point between the House and Senate bills and bogged down negotiations since the summer.
The House plan, which passed by the narrowest of margins and without a single Democratic vote, called for those who receive the SNAP food subsidy to work more.
Because the stricter work requirements are gone from the final bill, House Democrats are largely poised to vote for its passage.
While the final compromise did preserve some portions of the House bill including some SNAP anti-fraud measures, the compromise bill is largely seen as a win for House Democrats and Senate negotiators.
The Senate’s version of the farm bill, which had no controversial changes to SNAP, passed 86-11. The final compromise bill is also expected to enjoy broad bipartisan support.
The Trump administration has hinted at plans to limit states’ authority it gives to states to temporarily suspend work requirements for some food stamp recipients. States can use the waivers citing areas of high unemployment or limited job availability.
Politico reported last week that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue would introduce the proposed rule change after the Farm Bill passes.
Because the USDA proposal would be a change through regulation, it does not need to be approved by Congress.