The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was placed on a fast-track through the U.S. Senate on Monday, allowing it to skip the typical committee hurdles that newly-announced bills ordinarily face.
Truth in Media reported last month that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had introduced the bill along with bipartisan cosponsors Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR).
The proposal would legalize hemp by eliminating its status as a controlled substance. It would also allow the cultivation and sale of hemp, creating an industrial marketplace. Additionally, it would let scientists apply for Agriculture Department grants for research into hemp and farmers obtain crop insurance for hemp crops.