Hemp Politics – Ohio laws hinder hemp progress

Ohio Hemp Politics are holding back opportunities for hemp entrepreneurs. The U.S. hemp industry is expected to grow into a two billion dollar industry by 2022, so it’s high time that Ohio get on board.

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The 2018 Farm Bill lifted restrictions for hemp cultivation all across the country. However, individual states still need to establish their own laws for growing hemp, and Ohio hasn’t done this yet.

Garett Fortune is an ardent hemp entrepreneur. Although he’s from Northeast Ohio, his handful of thriving hemp-based companies exist outside of his home state borders.

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Hemp in the News – Colorado teacher helps insure future of hemp

A Colorado college teacher has put Hemp in the News with his new course that focuses on the re-established hemp industry.

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The passing of the Farm Bill last year legalized hemp and sparked renewed interest in the crop and its many uses.

Colorado agricultural instructor, Kirk Goble, has been teaching a crop production class at Aims Community College for the last few years. He is adding a new weekly class that will spotlight the complete industrial hemp industry, including cultivation, production, and how to work within the new regulations.

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Hemp in the News – It’s Tennessee’s turn to profit

Tennessee’s agricultural opportunities has Hemp in the News this week.

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The 2018 Farm Bill implemented big changes for the hemp industry in the U.S. Most importantly, removing the hemp plant from the list of controlled substances.

Now that it’s legal to grow, there has been a burst of enthusiasm for the crop all across the country, including Tennessee.

There may be a steep learning curve at first, but the the benefits of growing hemp are plenty, so many growers in Shelby County are looking to hemp as a viable option.

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Hemp in the News – Montana lawmakers want hemp added to the state’s agricultural economy

The 2018 Federal Farm Bill, which legalized industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity in the United States, has Hemp in the News every week.

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Now that hemp production is legal at the federal level, individual states are revising their laws to allow for the crop to take hold.

Montana lawmakers are looking into options for adding hemp into the state’s agricultural industry. Sen. Tom Jacobson is an advocate for the new crop, recognizing its sustainability and value.

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Hemp Politics – SC farmers priming for unlimited hemp permit allocations

This week in U.S. Hemp Politics, lawmakers in South Carolina have removed limitations on the permitted number of hemp growers.

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Previously, the state granted a limited amount of hemp permits, but last week the S.C. House approved a bill that lifted the restriction. Now the opportunity of cultivating hemp is open to all farmers.

The Senate still needs to approve the bill before the law change is official, but the hope in state government is that S.C. farmers will soon be able to cash in on this versatile crop.

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Hemp Politics – Arizona is scrambling to catch up with hemp industry

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Arizona is fast-tracking a bill that will get hemp seeds in the ground this spring, rather than summer.

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Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli is behind bill 1003, which sets an urgent requirement for the Arizona Department of Agriculture to get the rules and regulations for growing hemp in place by the end of May.

Borrelli is eager to see Arizona farmers cash in on this profitable crop. Hopefully his efforts will succeed in providing the opportunity for farmers to plant this year.

Currently, at least twenty-five states are cultivating hemp and, if all goes well, Arizona will be joining them this spring.

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Hemp in the News – Hemp could be a game changer for agriculture in West Virginia

West Virginia is not usually a state that puts Hemp in the News. Its farming industry is mostly comprised of animal husbandry, but hemp could be a game changer.

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West Virginia is slowly getting on board with the nationwide hemp revival. Hemp can be used for a multitude of products, and although cannabidiol oil (CBD) is the big monetary return at present, there are many other benefits of the plant.

Although the state had one of the earliest hemp research programs, beginning in 2002, it was sidelined for almost a decade. The 2014 farm bill rekindled the program with the government’s go ahead for hemp research projects.

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Hemp Politics – India’s role in the global hemp market

India’s Hemp Politics remain a point of contention, but the useful green plant is starting to turn some heads.

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With the global market growing quickly, it’s not surprising to hear that some entrepreneurs in India are gaining interest in this versatile plant.

Hemp is part of the cannabis sativa family, a relative of marijuana. However, hemp is grown for its industrial uses, not as a recreational drug. In fact, hemp contains no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana, whereas marijuana contains 15-30 percent.

In July 2018, industrial hemp became legal in the province of Uttarakhand. This is the first province in India to do so, but likely not the last.

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Hemp in the News – Kentucky celebrates its hemp success and future

Celebrations in Kentucky put Hemp in the News this week. A group of advocates, known as the Kentucky Hempsters, hosted an event to celebrate the triumph of the 2018 farm bill.

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President Trump’s signature on the bill made industrial hemp legal as an agricultural commodity, and removed hemp from the federal list of controlled substances.

This law change is immensely beneficial to farmers. It presents a new, versatile crop that will help them expand and diversify their farms. A significant change is that farmers will be able to get insurance now, which they couldn’t before.

With its many uses and recent legalization, industrial hemp has a very bright future in Kentucky.

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Hemp in the News – Montana is ready for hemp industry expansion

Montana put Hemp in the News this week as the state is well positioned for expansion of its hemp production and significant market growth.

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Now that hemp growing has been legalized in the U.S., Montana is reviewing its potential for major growth in the hemp industry. Ben Thomas of the Montana Department of Agriculture says the law change has broadened the range of products the state can produce.

Previously, hemp was only permitted under pilot programs, and was grown for research purposes only. Now that hemp is a legal crop nationwide, the opportunities are wide open.

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