The annual March Against Monsanto has always been about far more than just GMOs and the Monsanto Company: it’s also about taking back our planet by helping to bring about the end of environmental and health-destroying practices of all kinds.
And when it comes to saving the environment while putting an end to the harm being done by the plastics, timber, oil and other destructive industries, there’s no better panacea than hemp, a crop that used to hold the highest level of promise and praise for American industry but is now banned throughout most of the country.
Hemp was so popular and well respected it was considered as a fuel for Henry Ford’s automobiles, and grown by many of the country’s Founding Fathers.
Now, it’s banned at the federal level, but the good news is that one of the country’s most powerful and influential politicians has just introduced a bill that could bring about the end of this madness.
Senate Majority Leader Introduces Monumental Hemp Legalization Bill
According to a new report from WDRB.com, a TV news station out of Louisville, Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from the Bluegrass State, has officially introduced a bill aiming to legalize hemp as an agricultural product.
While hemp has gotten a bad rap over the years because of its association with cannabis (a dubious one at best, by the way), McConnell’s bill would make serious waves by removing the highly versatile crop from the federal list of controlled substances, allowing it take its place as one of America’s most celebrated natural resources again.
“Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agriculture heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future,” said McConnell in a statement according to the report.
Hemp is useful in an incredible amount of ways, and most notably it would have the ability of reducing our dependence on cutting down trees for building materials.
In stark contrast with forests, hemp is capable of maturing in as little as 3-4 months compared with years for trees, and it has the strength to be used in everything from ropes to automobile parts and even houses made from “hempcrete.”
Currently, the United States is forced to import virtually all of its hemp from places like Canada and even China, because most hemp grown in the United States is only done for research purposes.
According to HempBizJournal.com, hemp could become a billion-dollar industry if it is allowed to flourish again thanks to the work of senators like McConnell.
But first, it must overcome its so-called “image problem” and the lobbying of other bigger, more aggressive industries to make it back to the market again.
Hemp Bill Gains Support From Political Leaders, Now It Needs Yours
Also supporting the bill according to The Hill are Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
The bill would allow states to make their own regulations by lifting the federal ban, and allowing researchers to apply for grants to get the hemp industry rolling again in the United States.
Considering the state of the environment and the thriving of “dirty energy” companies throughout the United States these days, it goes without saying that this bill is a pretty big deal at a time when it’s needed more than ever.
It could even lead to more widespread acceptance of CBD oil and medical marijuana in the future, both of which are heavily controlled substances that suffering people need to regain their health.
“This bill (Hemp Farming Act of 2018) will finally legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of Controlled Substances,” McConnell said. “I believe we’re ready to take the next step.”
The bill will be introduced next week, and you can help support it by contacting your local representative. For more information on how to contact your rep. and pledge your support, click on this link. To contact your Senator, click here.