Some influential politicians and hemp supporters won reelection or flipped seats
As the votes continue to trickle in for the national election, one outcome is crystal clear: It was a big night for hemp.
No matter what your political leanings, if you’re a hemp supporter, there is plenty to be happy about:
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who led the fight for hemp’s legalization in the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, won reelection by a more than 20 point margin in Kentucky. Whether it is McConnell who secures the Majority Leader or not, hemp will be secure under the leadership of Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
- U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who has led efforts to pressure the USDA and FDA into support for the hemp and CBD industries, won reelection by a nearly 20 point margin as well.
- Cannabis champion Senator Corey Gardner (R-CO) lost by a wide margin. Still, his victorious opponent, John Hickenlooper (D-CO), oversaw one of the first successful state hemp programs in Colorado and should be an industry ally.
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