Hemp legalization clears House, off to president for final approval

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The measure "legalizes hemp as an agricultural commodity" and removes it from the controlled substances list, while allowing researchers to apply for federal grants and makes hemp eligible for crop insurance, McConnell said.

The House passed the 2018 Farm Bill in a vote of 369-47. It now goes to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. Furthermore, this confusion has kept some investors (many in the US) on the sidelines. The final farm bill also eliminates an awards program that gave states up to $48 million per year in federal funding for high performances related to program access and payment accuracy.

The new federal law won't stop state lawmakers from making laws to restrict or regulate industrial hemp production, but Walker said she hopes it will be an option for more people looking for a more natural approach to wellness. "This full legalization provides economic opportunity for farmers across rural OR and rural America-good for jobs, good for our communities, and just good common sense". One in six staffers said they had been personally victimized.

"I've worked on a lot of other stuff - tax bills, trade, transportation, highways, railroads, safety issues, things like that", Thune said, "but when it comes to our state's No. 1 industry, you can not underestimate the impact that a prosperous and profitable ag economy has on our state economy".

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement that the bill provides a "strong safety net for farmers and ranchers" and he will encourage the president to sign it.

House Republicans had been pushing for new work requirements for some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries, but those changes did not make it into the final version of the bill. "The DEA will have to issue a rescheduling position on CBD that is consistent with this farm bill in the coming weeks", Mangone says.

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Mostly, the legislation is aimed at helping farmers deal with a multiyear decline in income - as well as maintaining SNAP benefits (food stamps) for 38.6 million low-income Americans. "What we were trying to get at was, you want an individual member to have to pay if it is their own conduct, and that's what really bothers the public, understandably".

That's right: Thanks to a federal court case brought against the DEA more than a decade ago, farmers in countries where hemp is legal can export it to the USA, and companies in the US can turn that hemp into a variety of products ranging from foods to clothing to auto body parts to building materials and beyond, but US farmers can't grow it.

Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with farmers and rural Kansas families about what the passed Farm Bill actually means for them.

Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, applauded the bill for, "important progress for organic programs, including a long-overdue focus on strengthening enforcement of organic standards for imported products and funding for organic research, as well as important programs for beginning and social disadvantaged farmers".

The bill also affects research into the plant.

That is the reason the new bill combines some existing export-promotion programs.