Sen. Rand Paul joins Oregon Sen. Wyden’s push for legal hemp

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, is joining a Democratic senator from Oregon in supporting a proposal to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Vote Hemp, a non-profit organization pushing the issue, said Friday that Paul has signed on as a co-sponsor of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed amendment to the omnibus farm bill.

The amendment would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, allowing American farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Under the amendment, the cultivation of industrial hemp would be regulated by state permitting programs, like North Dakota’s, and would not impact the federal government’s long-standing prohibition of marijuana.