In a stunning move led by U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), the United States Senate has now passed legislation that ends hemp prohibition and would allow farmers across the nation to cultivate hemp.
"The bill would legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity," reports The Hill.
This is on top of President Trump's recent announcement that he would work to end marijuana prohibition at the federal level.
Simultaneously, the FDA has just approved the first cannabis-derived prescription drug, made from purified cannabidiol (CBD). Alongside this approval, federal agencies are reportedly on schedule to remove CBD from Schedule I status at the federal level, allowing the CBD pharmaceutical to be legally sold nationwide. (Yes, isn't it fascinating how interesting the government legalizes something when there's Big Pharma money at stake…)