The Supreme Leader of the US Senate wants to bring hemp production back into mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would introduce him on Monday Legislation on legalizing hemp as an agricultural commodity
The Republican announced the announcement in his home state of Kentucky that is at the forefront of hemp comeback.
Hemp cultivation without a federal license has long been banned classification as a controlled substance with respect to marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high profile.
Hemp received a limited pardon with the Federal Farm Bill 201
"I just had the opportunity to see some interesting and innovative products, some of which are on the table here with Kentucky-grown hemp," he said while speaking on Monday in Frankfort, Kentucky. "Sunstrand, based in Louisville, runs contracts with farmers in Henry County to grow hemp, which they process into a range of consumer goods, including house insulation."
He continued, "Imagine instead of pink fiberglass we could use Kentucky-grown, environmentally-friendly hemp to insulate our homes – just one of the many uses that Kentuckians have for this versatile one
McConnell made clear that hemp is different than his "illegal cousin"  "So, if I go back to the Senate a week from Monday, I'll introduce a two-party law in the Senate, To further support this important industry in Kentucky, it will be the Hemp Farm Act of 2018. What will it do? "he said. "First and foremost, this bill will legalize hemp – legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances."