The Senate Majority Leader introduced a bill on the Senate floor Thursday which would remove hemp, a closely related plant to marijuana, from the list of controlled substances and open the door for farmers to sell and grow it as an agricultural product.
McConnell said Kentucky farmers are optimistic about the legislation.
"Time and again, they shared with me their enthusiasm for hemp’s potential to reenergize agricultural communities and provide a new spark to the U.S. economy," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "This bill will help make that potential a reality."
McConnell introduced his initiative at the end of March in Frankfort, but took the legislation to Washington on Tuesday.