On Tuesday June 12th, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) filed an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill which would devastate efforts to legalize hemp farming and the sale of U.S. grown hemp products. Specifically, Grassley’s amendment would explicitly exclude “cannabinoids,” “extracts” and “derivatives” from the definition of hemp. This could mean that popular products such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) could be treated by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance — akin to heroin. Cynically, Senator Grassley also included language that would provide for "research" on medical marijuana — even though hemp products do not contain more than trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana and can't get anyone high.
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