Hemp, close cousin of pot, could soon be legal across US under latest farm bill – FirstCoastNews.com WTLV


Oregon’s contingent of hemp farmers could soon find it easier to work with banks and university extension offices as two unlikely allies on Capitol Hill ramp up efforts to legalize the close cousin of marijuana.

With a bill before Congress, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, hope to pull hemp from a federal list of controlled substances, a move aimed at opening a lucrative market dominated by foreign farmers to more U.S. growers.

Oregon already has a robust hemp industry that boasts almost 500 growers in the 2018

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