Takeaway: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 has finally reached the President’s table making it just a few signs away from legalizing Hemp cultivation. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and a resident of Kentucky has been a major supporter of this bill since the start. His state Kentucky, a tobacco producing state has been looking for alternative cash crop ever since mass public health concerns were raised. If legalised, Hemp will act as an ideal replacement for Kentucky farms and farmer communities across the United States.
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, the amended farm bill that covers the provision of hemp legalization finally came through The Senate Agriculture Committee by 20-1 vote. The bill has officially reached the President’s table, and we are only a signature away from the historic decision.
I will let you take a minute there! This is a massive moment for all the cannabis lovers, farmers, CBD manufacturers, and the entire cannabis industry!
There has been quite a buzz surrounding hemp legalization status ever since Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and a resident of Kentucky announced that the Agriculture Bill which had a provision of legalizing hemp would pass the Senate before July 4 Recess.
However, things took longer than expected and the House failed to pass the farm bill even last month due to an immigration tussle between the Republicans.
McConnell has been vocal about hemp for a long time now and is advocating it for the benefit of the Kentucky farmers. “I know there are farming communities all over the country who are interested in this,” said McConnell. “Mine are particularly interested in it, and the reason for that is — as all of you know — our No. 1 cash crop used to be something that’s really not good for you: tobacco. And that has declined significantly, as it should, given the public health concerns.”
Making it official with my hemp pen!🖋️ Proud to have served as conferee on #FarmBill & to fight for #Kentucky priorities. With today's signature, my provision to legalize industrial #hemp is 1 step closer to reality. Looking forward to voting YES on this bill & sending to @POTUS pic.twitter.com/8ypwBebXy7— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) 10 December 2018
What Would The Hemp Legalization Bill 2018 Change?
In one word, EVERYTHING! The enthusiasts have been trying to change the hemp legalization status for a long time now, and when it’s finally here, we are sure it’s going to change everything from farming norms to fashion, beauty, economy, health, and more.
Hemp was utilized to make pretty much everything for three major reasons:
- Low maintenance, which made farming easier
- Sustainable, durable products
These factors will allow the farmers to consider hemp farming without going through any legality hassles. “I think it’s time we took this step,” said McConnell. “I think everybody has figured it out that this isn’t the other plant.”
Another HUGE difference that hemp legalization bill 2018 will make is in the CBD industry.
CBD, the prime focus of the health sector is a cannabinoid extracted from industrial hemp, is non-psychoactive and has immense health benefits. In spite of showing no signs of any psychotic effects, CBD was shoved in the list of banned substances along with THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid.
This revolutionary change in the hemp legalization status would allow the CBD manufacturers to grow exponentially. They will be able to experiment with their products to their heart’s content, and more businesses may flourish.
And of all, CBD businesses may be able to approach the banks without being tagged as risky ventures. Easy investments may change the somewhat-gagged CBD industrialists.
In all, we are going to witness the era of constricted hemp use collapsing in no time. We are almost there people! We sign off with a sincere thanks to the Senate Lead, Mitch McConnell for standing firmly on his belief in hemp.