McConnell Offers Hemp Bill to Fix ‘Glitches’

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McConnell Offers Congressional Hemp Bill to Fix ‘Glitches’Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to members of the media following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. McConnell orchestrated successful efforts last year to attach hemp legalization language to the new federal farm bill. While hemp’s commercialization is still in its infancy, Quarles said he hopes Kentucky hemp someday becomes as recognizable as Kentucky bourbon and horses. McConnell, who led the push in Congress to legalize hemp last year, said Monday that regulations might be sufficient to help some aspects of the hemp business. Processors paid Kentucky farmers $17.75 million for harvested hemp materials in 2018, up from $7.5 million the year before.

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McConnell Offers Congressional Hemp Bill to Fix ‘Glitches’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to members of the media following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. McConnell's home state of Kentucky is a longtime center of hemp production in the US. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As hemp enters a new era as a legal agricultural commodity, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he’s willing to offer follow-up legislation to resolve any “glitches” stemming from mistaken identity between the crop and its lookalike, illicit cousin.

That includes safeguarding hemp shipments stopped by police who can’t tell whether they intercepted a legal crop or marijuana.

“Some glitches remain to be worked out, and some of it may require legislation,” McConnell told reporters after a hemp forum in Louisville, his hometown.

Using a football analogy, the Republican Senate leader...

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