By De-scheduling Hemp, Farm Bill Sowed Disagreement On Which Ingredients Qualify
Nearly three years later, lawmakers who backed de-scheduling hemp might question whether language in the farm bill opened a door too far, or omitted sufficient detail to prevent confusion over what meets the law's definition of hemp.
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