The status of hemp in the U.S. is changing after a century of prohibition and there may be more to follow. Here is the present situation.
Hemp in the United States
The 2014 federal farm bill, also known as Section 7606, enables farmers in states with industrial hemp law to cultivate and harvest hemp through pilot projects. The growth and harvest activity must be done in partnership with their state departments of agriculture for research.
The research crops are planted in Colorado, Vermont and Kentucky; all of the small crops were planted in 2014. These states are continuing now with the process, and many other states are joining them, with Oregon and Tennessee being two of them. Yes, more states are passing the hemp legislation with each year that passes.
So far, pro-hemp legislation is passed by over 30 states, as well as Puerto Rico. Also, 24 states have given industrial hemp a different definition that other cannabis varieties and alleviated production barricades.
At the beginning of 2015, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in the House and Senate. It is, respectively, H.R. 525 and S. 134. If it passes, the present-day restrictions on industrial hemp growing would be washed away, and it would no longer be classified as a Schedule 1 substance. Unfortunately, hemp is classified the same as heroin, as though hemp is a street drug. Yet, hemp is not the same as weed!
Of the industrial nations in the world, the U.S. is one of the few that does not presently allow for hemp cultivation. Instead, the U.S. imports hemp every year to meet the demand for hemp products, from countries such as China. Perhaps U.S. industrialists banned hemp production to protect their own interests in the economy. But don’t American farmers have the right to grow hemp and enjoy profits from the harvest?
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