June 08, 2018

Breaking News: Hemp is in the Farm Bill!

U.S. Hemp Roundtable

Hot off the hemp press: The good news: The 2018 Farm Bill will be “marked up” by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, June 13 at 9:30 AM. The “markup” is a significant step in the Senate’s lawmaking process – the Farm Bill will be amended, and the amended version would then be considered by the full committee and sent to the Senate floor.

There’s a decent possibility that the markup will last a few days.

The great news: The committee released the current version of the Farm Bill, and as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised, it includes the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in its entirety. That means that should the Farm Bill be signed into law as currently drafted, hemp would be permanently removed from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act. Read it here. 

The cautionary news: There are still many steps left in the process. As you’ve been hearing from us regularly, the best way we can help empower Leader McConnell and our bi-partisan array of supporters is to secure the co-sponsorship of more and more Members of Congress. Please share this news with your networks. And please encourage everyone to use our simple online portal to contact your Senators and Congressman ASAP.