To understand the current status of industrial hemp in the U.S., one needs to look at Hemp History, and how it became illegal in 1937.
First, let’s clear up the misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same. They are both species of the cannabis sativa plant, but with only 0.3 percent THC, hemp lacks the psychoactive effects of marijuana, which contains 10 – 20 percent.
Despite the difference in chemical content of the two plants, hemp was grouped together with marijuana and deemed illegal by Congress, in 1937.
One by one, states in the U.S. are reversing this law and allowing hemp to be cultivated once again. South Carolina is one of the more recent states to implement their Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, and the twenty chosen farmers are more than ready to sow their first hemp seeds this spring.
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