LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell took a step toward legalizing the growth of hemp across the country Thursday.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which McConnell and two other senators introduced Thursday, would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity, removing it from the list of controlled substances. 

The bill is bipartisan and would also give states the opportunity to become the primary regulators of hemp and allow hemp researchers to apply for federal grants.

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