Ed O'Keefe reports for The Washington Post, "Aides noted that the new hemp-themed provisions are among hundreds of policy and spending details buried in the legislation, but the decision is likely to contribute to a growing national debate about the legalization of marijuana both for medicinal and recreational purposes."
McConnell's release said, "The legislation carved out industrial hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, which currently does not distinguish industrial hemp from marijuana. Industrial hemp lacks the high quantities of the active ingredient THC found in the abuse-prone marijuana." Colorado has already released hemp regulations, and had a legal hemp crop. Kentucky had been planning a spring crop, even as state officials debated its legality. The bill defines industrial hemp as that containing less than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol by dry weight. (Hemp for You graphic)