From the U.S. Hemp Roundtable:
American farmers, smaller businesspeople and shoppers have enthusiastically embraced the current introduction of The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 which would permanently legalize hemp. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a bi-partisan array of supporters, such as Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Hemp Farming Act has been attached to the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which is anticipated to turn into law this year.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) filed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would devastate the industry’s efforts to market complete legalization of hemp and hemp items. Particularly, Grassley’s amendment would explicitly exclude “cannabinoids,” “extracts” and “derivatives” from the definition of hemp. This could imply that well-known items such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) may well be treated by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance – akin to heroin.
Luckily, immediately after thousands of calls, emails and social media posts by Hemp Supporters across the nation, Washington listened, and the Farm Bill was passed by the committee without the need of even voting on the Grassley Amendment. However, Sen. Grassley indicated that he desires to continue the discussion, so we require to be vigilant. We nevertheless require you to speak to your Senators to resist any future try to amend the Farm Bill with Sen. Grassley’s language, or something equivalent.