Hemp growers have a pretty powerful ally these days: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He announced on March 26, 2018 that he will introduce legislation in Washington, D.C. to remove hemp from the controlled substances list and legalize it as an agricultural commodity.
“Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future,” Senator McConnell said in a press statement. Hemp can be used to produce everything from rope and paper to hemp milk, building materials and biofuels.
The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would separate hemp from marijuana in the federal law books. They are related plants, but hemp has far lower levels of THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes users high. Before being banned under the Marijuana Tax of 1937, hemp was used to make such sexy and exciting things as rope, mulch, clothing and soap.
The government has even requested farmers plant hemp because of its many uses. According to PBS, during World War II, materials needed to produce parachutes and