Mitch McConnell used a hemp pen to sign farm bill legalizing the crop

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., finishes speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell’s blockade of a popular criminal justice reform package has angered top senators. And it’s created an unusual rift with a longtime Republican ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finishes speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Washington in October.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell signed off on the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill on Monday . . . and he used a pen made of marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, to do so.

The senator has been the leading proponent of an industrial hemp legalization provision, which recently made its way into the final version of the wide-ranging agriculture legislation.

“Making it official with my hemp pen,” McConnell wrote in a tweet that includes video of him signing off on the proposal. “Proud to have served as conferee on Farm Bill & to fight for Kentucky priorities.”


Votes are anticipated on the final Farm Bill legislation in the House and Senate in the coming days.