McConnell calls for removal of industrial hemp from controlled substances list

The Senate’s top Republican says hemp shouldn’t be a controlled substance, and he plans to introduce a new bill to make the change.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell made the announcement about the proposed change to federal hemp law Monday in his home state of Kentucky.

“It’s now time to take the final step and make this a legal crop,” McConnell said.

The Senate Majority Leader says he’ll introduce legislation to take hemp out of the Controlled Substances Act.

The federal government defines hemp as Cannabis sativa with a THC content below 0.3%.

Hemp production was authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, but growing hemp is limited to states that have created hemp pilot projects.

At least 34 states have done so, but McConnell’s proposal to deschedule hemp would open the door to nationwide production and allow interstate transport of live seeds.

A similar bill to take hemp off the list of controlled substances has been gathering dust in the House, where fellow Kentucky Republican Rep. James Comer proposed the idea.

Hemp activists hope for a hearing on Comer’s bill this spring, though none has been scheduled.

McConnell said Monday there was “some queasiness” about hemp when the 2014 Farm Bill cleared the way for states to regulate it for research and pilot programs.

“I think we’ve worked our way through the education process of making sure everybody understands this is really a different plant,” McConnell said.

– Associated Press

6 comments on “McConnell calls for removal of industrial hemp from controlled substances list
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Despite Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s support for the restoration of hemp farming, this remains one of the biggest scandals in American history. For 81 years no politician, bureaucrat or local official in this country had the right to demonize and hunt down any cannabis plants–nor any part of said plants (and we must stop dividing them by law into constituent parts). The insidious legal powers targeting “marihuana” are based on nothing but pure lies and complete fraud. They exist solely to shield the profits of giant corporations, which have long obstructed the natural growth of cannabis commerce—as fueled by the raw materials of both “hemp” and “marijuana” plants—across America.

    This Mexican-hater president, his ignorant attorney general and that most heartless Republican of Texas, Sen. Pete Sessions—all phony “conservatives” who clearly adore the Big War on Marihuana—very publicly refuse to make cannabis great again. Yet everywhere, corrupted politicians and bureaucrats like them are perpetuating the worst type of American nightmare: an absolute tyranny waged against some of nature’s most amazing plants. One brief visit to the Empire State capital reveals clearly how these bastards continue to obliterate our bedrock founding principles of ‘life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’—with no end in sight.

  2. Roger Schloser on

    Thank you to McConnel and Comer for moving forward with this long overdue legislation. The benefit to millions of Americans pursuing alternative medication is immense. I truly feel this is a positive step in curbing the opioid crisis we face in America. Let us all hope for a positive resolution to delist CBD as a Schedule 1 drug – it clearly is not.

    • Lawrence Goodwin on

      Respectfully, Mr. Schloser, no part nor microscopic compound of cannabis belongs in “Schedule 1″—these plants should not be listed in any Schedule of the Controlled Substances Act. That’s precisely how the anti-“marihuana” fraud has been prolonged for the last 47 unbearable years!

      Please reconsider how you fuel the public confusion over “CBD,” or cannabidiol, which is extracted primarily from the seedless female flowers of cannabis much like delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. It seems to me that the “CBD-is-the-only-compound-that-matters” crowd is further dividing and conquering a full public recognition of cannabis. Please give a good listen to Black Sabbath’s rock anthem “Sweetleaf,” before you also research “the entourage effect.”

  3. Frank Romano on

    I think the most dangerous person on the Plant, bar none, is an “Ignorant Ego Maniac”. When you get a large group of them together, you may be looking at the entire United States of America’s Government. This body of human beings are trying to work together, to try to figure out what the people of our country’s needs are, so we can live in the most comfortable environments that’s possible. Making a substance that is (non-toxic) like CBD compounds, and keeping it illegal, after it has been provin to less intelligent than these folks, so that it could make some of us live a more comfortable life, is ridiculous. I would have to say there is something very wrong with that. The things that may come into our minds, the ones that people have heard from currently, not the minds that haven’t been heard from in months, like some of the people that work in our government. It could be because of the (special interest groups) with a whole lot of MONEY that are involved. And you can say it’s all about the MONEY again and again, In the hands of ” Ignorant Ego Maniac”. So what kind of a chance do you think we have to make this a subject something that we all can agree upon! Sure lets stay on perception drugs forever…

  4. Christopher Simmons on

    Big Pharma, The Sackler family (Owners of Purdue Pharma-OxyContin), INSYS(makers of Fentanyl), are big contributors to our “corrupt politicians “! Over $150 Million in pharmaceuticals money resonates on Capitol Hill. These drug companies literally have our politicians in their back pocket. You’d have to be either a complete moronic idiot or being “paid off “, to totally IGNORE the 26,000 medical papers that have been published by prestigious universities over the years concerning the medicinal aspects of THC/CBD, the children being treated for intractable epilepsy, and the physicians who are practically “begging” our government to take God’s plant off of their insane “Schedule 1” beaurocracy.

  5. Christopher Simmons on

    Physicians have shown evidence to Politicians like Sessions (Alabama and Texas), The Cannabis is an exit medication, not a gateway drug. And what do these politicians do with the “overwhelming evidence “. Jeff Session continues to say that Cannabis is a gateway drug and “good people don’t smoke marijuana “! That is the Attorney General of the United States intellectual response. He made Purdu Pharma and the Sackler Family (OxyContin) extremely proud!

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