By Dalton Rosario
As of this afternoon Industrial Hemp is officially legalized starting in January as President Trump’s signature brings to fruition the historic legalization of America’s founding cash crop.
Hemp cultivation has not been a legal industry in our country since 1970 when it was added to the Schedule I Controlled Substances list. But that will all change in a matter of days when the mark of the new year replaces penal oversights by the Justice Department with hemp regulation by the Department of Agriculture.
Although a clear cause of celebration for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), chief patron and pioneer of the 2018 Farm Bill, this is truly a victory for bi-partisan leadership taking cooperative initiatives to reconcile differences across the aisle as Republicans and Democrats worked for months to sign this legislation into law.