Hemp and Marijuana Are Two Very Different Plants, Says Sen. McConnell

Hemp and Marijuana Are Two Very Different Plants, Says Sen. McConnellEarlier this year, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) became one of many congressional leaders to advocate for complete industrial hemp legalization.

Currently, industrial hemp is still considered to be a form of marijuana as defined by the Controlled Substances Act. However, the Farm Bill of 2014 allows for industrial hemp cultivation through state-regulated pilot farm programs.

Feeling confused? You aren’t alone.

Many consumers, retailers, and lawmakers are puzzled by the distinction as well.

“There is a lot of discussion about what is this?” Sen. McConnell said in an interview in published by Herb in March. “I think we’ve moved past that and most members of the Senate understand that [marijuana and industrial hemp] are two very different plants.”

Agricultural revitalization, staggering tax revenues, and thousands of happy customers are slowly turning the Federal tide.

“We all are so optimistic that industrial hemp can become, sometime in the future, what tobacco was in Kentucky’s past,” Sen. McConnell said, speaking to the future of industrial hemp cultivation in his home state of Kentucky.

So, is CBD oil legal?

In most states, hemp-derived CBD oil is considered legal so long as it is cultivated and processed in compliance with the Farm Bill of 2014. However, consumers should always be proactive in verifying the legality of CBD in their place of residence prior to making a purchase.

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