The much-debated 2018 Farm Bill will include a provision to legalize hemp. It seems like US Congress has reached an on-principle agreement, and the bill is set to pass before the end of the year. This will also effectively declassify the plant as a Schedule 1 drug, thus making it legal on a federal level.
Lawmakers have been lobbying for hemp to be included in the bill for quite some time now. The disposition will allow farming of all parts of the plant – even extracts and seeds – as long as they have less than 0.3% of THC content.
The agreement was reached on Thursday, and the bill is expected to pass before 2019.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been championing the initiative, and managed for both the Senate and the House to reach an agreement on its inclusion in the final bill.
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