Sens. McConnell, Paul Join Forces To Legalize HempSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 13:44
Sens. McConnell, Paul Join Forces To Legalize Hemp
Vince Coglianese | Senior Online Editor
February 18, 2013 | 11:07AM
Kentucky Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have announced that they will co-sponsor legislation that would allow American farmers to grow hemp legally.
Hemp is a non-drug variety of the cannabis plant — the marijuana plant — used for a range of consumer products, including rope, fabric, paper, soap and food. The bill would remove low-drug content hemp from federal classification as a Schedule I controlled substance.
“I am proud to introduce legislation with my friend Rand Paul that will allow Kentucky farmers to harness the economic potential that industrial hemp can provide,” the Senate minority leader said in the statement. “During these tough economic times, this legislation has the potential to create jobs and provide a boost to Kentucky’s economy and to our farmers and their families.”