American farmers will be able to cultivate industrial hemp now that the unified 2018 Farm Bill was passed by Congress. The cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and its derivatives, including the increasingly lucrative marketplace for cannabidiol (CBD) products is now legal on the federal level.
Individuals with felony convictions related to a controlled substance will be blocked from entering the industrial hemp market for ten years following their conviction.
The finalized version of the bill was signed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). It has been a personal goal for the senator. Earlier this year he assured everyone that the language to legalize hemp would survive the reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill.
A divided Congress struggled to pass the $867 billion bill, although many of the proposed changes were left out of the final bill.