In Hemp Politics, statistics show that U.S. consumers love hemp! In 2015 there was over $500 million spent on hemp products in the U.S., from hemp food, paper and fabrics to building material, insulation and plastics. With over 25,000 uses of industrial hemp it’s no wonder.
Unfortunately industrial hemp can not be fully exploited in the states because it is still categorized as a federal Schedule 1 drug in the Controlled Substances Act. This means it is illegal to grow hemp plants or possess hemp seeds. However, this is started to change as state and industry law makers have begun to challenge the status of hemp.
Thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, Colorado is one of 28 states with permits that allow hemp farming for research purposes. Colorado farmers are also permitted to save their seeds in order to find strains that grow successfully in it’s dry climate.
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