Kentucky Senator Spearheads Federal Measure to Allow Processing of Legal Hemp

100515_Kentucky Senator Spearheads Federal Measure to Allow Processing of Legal Hemp 

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Here’s some good news for those in the cannabis business: Senior US Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky has secured a provision in the Senate Agricultural Appropriations bill that will allow processing and transporting of legal industrial marijuana on the federal level. This could help farmers transport hemp between states without fear of federal punishment so that cannabis can be developed for commercial purposes.

“This latest language reemphasizes that industrial hemp from a farm bill research program is an agricultural commodity,” said James Comer, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture. “The ability of Kentucky to research the full potential of industrial hemp through processing, marketing, and sales is vital to understanding the future possibilities for industrial hemp.”

McConnell has long been an advocate of legal marijuana. Last June, he worked with fellow Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Jon Tester (D-MT) to make sure that pilot programs on legal industrial hemp can continue without any federal disruption. Last year, he also authored provisions in the Farm Bill, which gave state universities and agricultural commissioners authority to cultivate industrial marijuana for pilot programs.

“Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper,” McConnell said. “I want to make sure our legal hemp producers can safely transport their crops between states, including to states that maintain processing facilities, so they can fully capitalize on the commercial potential for this commodity.”

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