Just when Americans thought that bipartisanship in Washington is as antiquated as landline phones and dial-up Internet, leaders of both parties joined political hands to support the legalized hemp movement. Vaping is still under attack from the FDA, the CDC, and almost the entire Democrat party, but hemp is apparently gaining significant congressional support and rather quickly, too.
Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel fast-tracked a bill called The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 by implementing a little-used political move known as Rule 14. Instead of having to go through the traditional senate committee review process, the proposed legislation can travel directly to the senate floor for an immediate hands-up or hands-down vote at any time.
"Today, with my colleagues, I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which will build upon the success of the hemp pilot programs and spur innovation and growth within the industry. By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers around the county."
-Senator Mitch McConnell is an interview published in The Hill
McConnel has his own reasons for wanting this legislation to pass. Mitch is from Kentucky, a state that currently has at least five different pilot programs in the works involving the scientific possibilities of using hemp as biofuel or other energy resources. On May 23, Senator Mark Warner issued a press release stating that both he and Senator Tim Kaine (Hillary Clinton’s Vice President pick) will be throwing their political support behind The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, too. Both Warner and Kaine are from the wonderful state of Virginia, which may be playing an important role in their official endorsements much like McConnell of Kentucky.
“Agriculture is Virginia’s leading economic sector, and I am always on the lookout for ways to support our agricultural economy…Hemp was grown in Virginia by Thomas Jefferson, and research and input from Virginia agricultural stakeholders, agricultural scientists at JMU and Virginia Tech, and economic development leaders like the Tobacco Commission have shown that it is safe and holds economic promise for rural Virginia. I’m satisfied that this bill takes sensible steps to address law enforcement concerns and, in turn, that it makes sense to remove industrial hemp from the federal controlled substance list.”
So, apparently since Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, that’s good enough reason for Tim Kaine to support legalization. Regardless of which side of the political aisle vapers find themselves supporting in this Post-Trump world, the notion of legalized hemp may have some decidedly positive benefits – potentially. According to the proposed legislation, states will have the right to regulate and tax the product as they deem appropriate. And because hemp will disappear from the federal list of controlled substances, scientists and researchers will be able to apply for state and federal grant money for research.
Medicinal value of legalized Hemp
Biofuel possibilities is only one area of hemp research that shows tremendous promise. According to Healthline, hemp seeds are “incredibly nutritious,” rich in omega-3, omega-6, and linoleic acids. They are also a great source of protein. Scientists are also researching whether hemp seeds and oils can be useful in managing heart disease, digestive disorders, PMS, and menopause.
And even though hemp is a derivative of the cannabis plant, it contains very little THC – the active ingredient in marijuana that gets people stoned. Hemp is even being used to make clothing due to it being a natural antimicrobial. And a unique recipe of hemp and CBD known as Charlotte’s Web has proven to substantially reduce the number and severity of grand mal seizures in epileptic patients, too.
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