As promised, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed the Hemp Farming Act or S.2667 on Thursday, April 12.

Additionally, House Bill 5485, a companion to S.2667, was introduced by Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Jared Polis (D-CO).

If passed, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances and federally legalize the commercial cultivation of the crop.

Passage of this legislation would:

• Include U.S. grown hemp in the USDA National Organic Program. 

• Establish the legality of interstate hemp commerce.

• Open the door to research opportunities.

• Allow access to public water rights for hemp farmers.

• Protect the legality of production and consumption of the whole hemp plant.

S.2667 would provide American farmers with the commercial benefit from the economic opportunity of hemp and support the U.S. consumer market for hemp.