How Hemp Is Giving Renewed Life to America’s Tobacco Farmers

How Hemp Is Giving Renewed Life to America’s Tobacco Farmers

In the whirlwind end to 2018, United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two fateful pushes—in opposite directions—for the burgeoning cannabis industry.

On the one hand, in a shock to no one, McConnell blocked the States Act, a banking reform amendment that would have abolished the barriers to interstate marijuana commerce, including restrictions on the banks providing services to the marijuana industry. In 2014, the last time the Speaker of the House was up for re-election, McConnell informed reporters that legalizing marijuana at the federal level would be “giving up,” with the justification that the end of prohibition would “completely transform your society in a way that I think certainly most Kentuckians would not agree with.”

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