U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — the nation’s second most powerful Republican — and California’s Democratic state legislators completely agree on one thing: Marijuana’s cousin hemp should be fully legalized.
As the late U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously said: “All politics is local.”
In McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, tobacco farming is dying out. Farmers are desperate for a replacement crop. And hemp is their choice for the future.
In California, farmers also need a new crop that doesn’t use much water. That’s hemp.