U.S. Senate Committee Votes to Protect State Hemp Laws, Allow Interstate Transportation

Medical marijuana is shown in a jar at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle 

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An agriculture appropriations bill that was approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee includes a provision to protect states that have legalized hemp from federal interference.

Medical marijuana is shown in a jar at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle

“Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper, and 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,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the amendment’s sponsor, following the vote.

The proposal allows hemp to be cultivate in states that have legalized the plant, while also explicitly allowing hemp to be transported between those states.

The bill will now be considered by the full Senate.

via Joint Blog

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