Legal Hemp On The Ropes: Senate Effort Running Into Stiff Law Enforcement Opposition

WASHINGTON — The attempt to move industrial hemp legalization through the Senate as part of the farm bill is running into stiff resistance from law enforcement, threatening to derail the effort.

Hemp is a non-psychoactive relative of marijuana that is banned for its familial association. Hemp products are legal to import and sell in the United States, but the plant cannot be grown without a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration — which, unsurprisingly, the agency rarely grants.

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