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McConnell to introduce bill to legalize industrial hemp

Signs and someone holding a magazine that says "hemp" on it
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce a bill that would legalize industrial hemp — the low-THC Cannabis plant used in fabrics and paper and whose oil can be used in cosmetics and food.

"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 in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: There has been ongoing, bipartisan support for taking hemp off of the schedule of controlled substances, but this is a big step coming from McConnell.