Official: Trump Legalizes Industrial Hemp With New Farm Bill
President legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp with new bill
One of the key goals for the Trump administration is to give farmers the freedom to generate economic abundance across the nation, and the signing of the new farm bill yesterday should be a significant step towards the that.
President Tump legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp by signing the federal bipartisan farm bill intended to boost the agriculture industry.
The fiber of hemp, a derivative of the cannabis plant, is the main component of a variety of products such as carpets, clothes, and even paper.
Since the federal prohibition against marijuana, hemp production and sales have been illegal.
But the farm bill will only deal with industrial hemp and not recreational or medical use of marijuana.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worked with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to submit a bill to legalize hemp.
"I used my very own hemp pen to sign the conference report, clearing the way for the House and Senate to pass legislation and send it to the president's desk. I'm proud that the bill includes my provision to legalize the production of industrial hemp. It's a victory for farmers and consumers throughout our country," McConnell said following the advancement of the farm bill earlier this month.
The farm bill will remove restrictions farmers face in growing and cultivating hemp, including water rights, crop insurance and restricted access to banking
Hemp is notoriously easier to grow than cotton and requires limited water and can be viable in lower-quality soil.
The hemp provision is one of several aspects of the farm bill will aid farmers as agricultural exports take a hit following the US trade war with China.
Donald Trump Tweeted his appearance at the Emmy Awards dressed as a farmer in overalls and performing the theme from the 1960s-era TV comedy 'Green Acres' to celebrate the bill.
'Farm Bill signing in 15 minutes!' Trump wrote, along with hashtags for '#Emmys' and '#TBT'–shorthand for 'Throwback Thursday.'
Back in May, Trump signed a bill giving terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments, such as Cannabis, otherwise not approved by the government.
Patients were given a chance to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for access to on-approved drugs before; most were approved.
The " Right to Try Act” was passed unanimously by the Senate last year and by the House of Representatives this week in a vote of 250 to 169, after the President personally lobbied for its passage.