Hemp Activists Predict $867 Billion farm bill will lift U.S. to new Heights

Hemp Activists Predict $867 Billion farm bill will lift U.S. to new Heights

Hemp advocates celebrated Tuesday after congressional negotiators reached a final deal on an $867 billion farm bill that would fully legalize industrial hemp, predicting it will push the U.S. to new heights in an emerging market.

Legalized industrial hemp has been a longstanding goal for its advocates, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who helped secure the provisions in the farm bill, saying even under the old, limited rules, his home state of Kentucky saw a $16 million boost to its economy from hemp last year.

“At a time when farm income is down and our growers are struggling, industrial hemp is a bright spot of agriculture’s future,” Mr. McConnell said Tuesday.

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