U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades of Prohibition

Karma Yoga Daily

By Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts: Industrial hemp has been illegal in the United States for almost 50 years despite many potential benefits for its use.
  • Reflect On: If we have a more sustainable, environmentally friendly option that can replace many toxic products we are currently using, why wouldn’t we make the switch?

Last 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.

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