McConnell: Willing To Offer Hemp Bill To Resolve 'Glitches'

Apr 8, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's willing to offer follow-up legislation if needed to resolve any "glitches" as hemp starts a new era as a legal agricultural commodity.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to members of the media following a Senate policy luncheon, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Credit AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

The Kentucky Republican said Monday that includes safeguarding hemp shipments stopped by police who can't tell whether they intercepted a legal crop or its illicit cousin, marijuana.

Some truckers hauling hemp have been arrested. The only way to distinguish hemp and marijuana is by measuring their tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and officers don't have the testing technology to do so on the spot.

McConnell spoke at a hemp forum in Kentucky. U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Greg Ibach, who attended the conference, said USDA has reached out to drug enforcement officials to seek a "coordinated effort" on the interstate shipment of hemp.

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