The top Republican in the US Senate wants to legalize hemp.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill on Thursday that would remove federal barriers to hemp, which is derived from the cannabis plant but, as a nonpsychoactive substance, can’t get someone high. Hemp, instead, is typically used for its fiber to make all kinds of products — food, paper, cardboard, carpets, clothes, rope, and more.
Hemp has historically been banned under federal drug laws that also prohibit marijuana. As Tom Angell reported at Forbes, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 wouldn’t legalize pot for recreational