In an unexpectedly positive turn of events for the U.S. hemp industry, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer recently announced his support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hemp legalization bill.
Schumer referred to current federal law as “a crock” because as the current law reads, hemp products including food, clothing and other derivatives are not illegal. However, cultivation in the United States technically is against federal law, meaning that those products can only be legally manufactured from hemp products imported from other countries, inhibiting opportunities from American farmers and producers.
McConnell’s home state is Kentucky, which could benefit substantially from the legalization of cultivation. The collaboration between the two party leaders could lead to more favorable laws for the American hemp industry.