Hemp Politics – Federal says yes but not all agree

Two years after the passage of the Farm bill, Hemp Politics is still making news as one of the two remaining hold-outs vote on hemp farming.

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In Idaho this week, a house committee voted down the legalization of industrial hemp farming in the state. Although many farmers and farm groups spoke up for the bill, anti-marijuana pressure groups and retired law enforcement professionals argued against it. They believe that the passage of the bill would only lead the way to making it easier for the “marijuana-hemp culture” to get a foothold in the state.

Rep. Caroline Nilsson-Troy, R-Genesee, who was lead sponsor of the bill closed her comments with, “I want to talk about the ‘marijuana-hemp culture’…. You can go to Albertsons, you can buy hemp hearts, hemp milk, hemp lip balm even hemp treats for your dog. Now tell me how that equals a marijuana culture.”

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Hemp Politics – Hemp bill sets Georgia hemp industry in motion

Hemp Politics in Georgia are on board with the burgeoning new industry. A bill that will set hemp agriculture in motion has been approved by the House. Next up is the Georgia Senate.

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The finalization of the bill comes after two years of work by the General Assembly. The rules surrounding licensing, permitting and testing the product, needed to be worked out. Farmers will be able to grow hemp with up to 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient.

With projections of the hemp industry in the billions, farmers in Georgia can now join the prosperous new industry.

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Hemp Politics – The growing pains of the new hemp industry

The Hemp Politics in Maine, New England, are hindering the growth of the industry by implementing more stringent regulations.

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It is not just Maine struggling with these issues, but the whole nation. This is the result of state lawmakers trying to come into line with federal rules for hemp cultivation and production.

With the rise in popularity of CBD’s, the hemp industry has seen immense growth. However, along with this growth have come many growing pains, with regards to fees, regulations and THC testing.

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Hemp Politics – Wisconsin’s hemp program is here to stay

In the U.S, Hemp Politics have made more progress as Wisconsin’s hemp program is set in stone. The hemp trials in 2018 received much interest and bipartisan support.

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Last year, Wisconsin started a hemp pilot program with 250 licenses. This number grew by almost a thousand with over 1200 hemp growers and more than 500 hemp processors in 2019.

With this clear growth of Wisconsin’s hemp industry, Gov. Evers was pleased to give the industry its final push by signing into law, a bill to make hemp a permanent part of the state’s agricultural sector.

The growing popularity of hemp in Wisconsin and all across the U.S., is ensuring hemp’s revival as an opportunistic and profitable crop.

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Hemp Politics – Federal THC limit makes hemp a high risk crop

Even though the 2018 Farm Bill legalised hemp, making it a regular agricultural commodity, Hemp Politics continue in the U.S. Last month, the USDA released information regarding temporary federal hemp regulations.

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The new rules stipulate that any hemp being grown must be tested for its THC levels. The allowed limit is 0.3 percent and anything over that will be deemed marijuana and, therefore, must be destroyed.

This low percentage can be a challenging target for farmers, making it a high risk crop. Wisconsin hemp farmers Sarah Kelley and Jamie Degenhardt had a crop that tested 0.4 percent THC, resulting in a significant financial loss.

Some suggest that 1 percent would be a more realistic THC limit.

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Hemp Politics – Virginia sets the stage for hemp industry success

Hemp Politics in Virginia are focusing on the future. Gov. Ralph Northam, together with the General Assembly, legalized the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp.

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Appalachian Biomass Processing is investing almost $900,000 into Virginia’s hemp industry. This will bring new jobs to the state and open up hemp-growing opportunities for farmers. The company has promised to buy a minimum 6,000 tons of hemp from Virginia farmers over the next three years. This amounts to an investment of over $1 million.

Northam says he is totally focused on all possible avenues to ensuring the future health of Virginia’s economy. He sees hemp as a golden opportunity for job creation and commercial growth.

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Hemp Politics – Michigan farmers cash in on hemp legalization

With the 2018 Farm Bill in the U.S., Hemp Politics have taking a positive turn. A Michigan farmer aims to cash in.

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Hemp has many uses besides CBD, and one particular Michigan farmer recognized its potential. David Connor, of Paw Paw Hemp Company, and his business partner Joe Leduc of Leduc Blueberries, grew hemp for the first time this year. Being a blueberry farmer, Leduc appreciated the fast growing cycle of hemp, rather than having to wait up to five years for blueberry plants to produce.

Although hemp production for CBD is trending right now, Connor is looking to grow hemp for industrial purposes. He believes that the future of hemp will offer many industrial uses that will impact peoples everyday lives.

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Hemp Politics – The ups and downs of New Mexico’s first hemp crop

Since the 2018 changes to U.S. Hemp Politics, thousands of acres of hemp have been grown across the country. New Mexico’s first harvest is in full swing.

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Growing hemp in the state of New Mexico has had its challenges, but there is much hope and enthusiasm about the new crop. Four hundred hemp-growing licenses were issued in the state, amounting to 7,000 acres of outdoor hemp and 170 acres of greenhouse-grown hemp.

The interest in hemp-farming was greater than expected in New Mexico, but this first growing season has had its ups and downs. The unusually hot summer prompted early blooms, and the prevalent winds were troublesome, but there is still optimism for this fruitful new crop.

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Hemp Politics – Croatian opposition party pushes for hemp legalisation

Croatia’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) is stirring up some Hemp Politics. SDP leaders Davor Bernardic and Mirela Holy have proposed the full legalization of industrial hemp. They say the crop would help the advancement of tourism and agriculture.

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The SDP believes that by legalizing and controlling industrial hemp, the industry would give the economy a boost and provide new employment opportunities.

According to Holy, recent law changes implemented to combat drug abuse, have created restrictions for industrial hemp uses. He wants to see the liberation of hemp so that Croatia can reap all the benefits that hemp has to offer.

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Hemp Politics – The ripple effect of hemp legalization on marijuana

The 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp did not put an end to Hemp Politics in the U.S. The new law has inadvertently effected hemp’s controversial cousin, marijuana.

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In Texas, the new law has created confusion for state prosecutors. District attorneys across the state have been dropping pot possession cases and they are not taking on any new ones.

Now, state leaders are getting involved. A letter has been sent from Republican leaders to district attorneys statewide, informing them that changes in hemp legislation did not include marijuana.

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