ast Thursday, June 29th, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to legalize hemp, an industrial crop that has been banned for decades.
Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley submitted a separate bill to legalize industrial hemp and those provisions were then incorporated into the broader farm bill. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved that version before the upper levels of Congress voted to approve it this past week with a margin of 86-11. This bill will legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp.
FYI, Industrial Hemp Will Not Get You High
It is important to note that industrial hemp has been prohibited for cultivation in the United States for nearly 50 years, and really, for no good reason. Industrial hemp does not contain enough THC to cause a psychoactive effect, and will not get you high. On the other hand, the beneficial uses of industrial hemp are plentiful. Some of these uses include hempcrete, biodegradable hemp plastics, food source, fuel, textiles, personal care products, insulation, shoes and many more, as listed on the image below.
Hemp is a much more sustainable option compared to the traditional materials that are used for the above products which often use petroleum products or trees. Hemp, unlike petroleum, is biodegradable and is processed using much lower levels of emissions and chemical processing. As opposed to trees that take around 30 years to be ready to be harvested and used for products, hemp is typically ready to harvest in four months, and per acre, it produces four times as much paper as trees. The benefits of hemp are literally endless, and it’s about time this bill was passed to finally legalize this super plant!