Although it is not yet legal to grow industrial hemp in Alaska, steps are being taken to change that.
The Drug Enforcement Agency does not separate hemp from marijuana, so when it comes to farming hemp, there is still a risk of federal raid. However, the recognition of Hemp vs. Marijuana has begun at the federal level with Obama’s Farm Bill, signed into law last year. The Farm Bill allows universities to grow hemp for research purposes.
Currently, there are 13 states with statutes to recognize industrial hemp programs. Alaska is not one of them, but that just might be starting to change. Senator johnny Ellis of Anchorage, Alaska, has submitted a bill in favour of industrial hemp cultivation, that would protect farmers from violation of the controlled substance laws.
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