The state of Pennsylvania has a special place in Hemp History – it once produced more industrial hemp than any other state in the U.S. Perhaps history will one day repeat itself, as Pennsylvania signs up for the hemp pilot program.
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 967 to allow industrial hemp pilot programs. This means that certain colleges and universities with state Department of Agriculture approval, will be able to conduct research and create programs for industrial hemp cultivation.
In 1937 the federal government introduced the Marijuana Tax Act, hindering hemp production, and in 1970 the Controlled Substances Act was introduced, making hemp illegal along with marijuana. Therefore, Americans are now forced to import hemp. But with the 2014 Farm Bill the door is opening for an industrial hemp comeback.
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