MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to take hemp off the government’s controlled substances list. That would mean farmers would no longer need permits to grow the plant.
Hemp does not get you high but its fibers can help make clothes, rope and paper, while hemp oils are used to make CBD products.
In the past, there has been confusion about the differences between marijuana and hemp. McConnell says the government is past that.
“I think most of the members of the Senate now understand it’s two very different plants. There may be some continued discussion of that but I think most everybody over the last course of the current Farm Bill now understands that this is a totally different plant,” said McConnell, R-Kentucky.
So how would hemp’s legalization affect farmers here in Vermont? Dom Amato spoke with the Agriculture Agency and found out hemp is gaining popularity by the week. There are 150 registered hemp farms in the state growing the crop on more than 1,200 acres. And there are a couple of