Pennsylvania brings Hemp in the News as farmers show great interest in growing industrial hemp, and hope to see the laws surrounding it ease up a bit.
With Obama’s federal Farm Bill being launched last year, state universities and agriculture departments are permitted to grow hemp for research purposes. The benefits of hemp are endless – it can be used for food, plastics, fibre, building materials, textiles and paper – and so far twenty U.S. states have permitted a limited amount of hemp production.
In Pennsylvania, hemp is still illegal for farmers to grow, although hemp-based products are allowed to be sold by businesses. State Senator Judy Schwank is proposing a bill that will allow farmers to grow hemp on a small-scale, in accordance with the Farm Bill.
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