Senate fast-tracks bill legalizing hemp as agriculture product...

Senate fast-tracks bill legalizing hemp as agriculture product
© Greg Nash

Legislation that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product is getting fast-tracked through the Senate. 

The bill, introduced last week by Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate fast-tracks bill legalizing hemp as agriculture product Blankenship compares McConnell to 'the Russians' for 'interfering' ... Murphy announces opposition to Pompeo as secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.), was placed on the Senate calendar on Monday. 

The procedural move, known as "Rule 14," allows it to skip over the committee process, paving the way for the legislation to be brought up on the Senate floor. The move doesn't automatically guarantee that the bill will get a vote. 

A spokesman for McConnell noted on Monday that they didn't have guidance or an announcement about if, or when, the bill would come up. 

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The bill, known as the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, would legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity. 

"By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/383459-senate-fast-tra...

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