One by one, as each U.S. state grasps the difference of Hemp vs. Marijuana, the hemp industry in the United States grows.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

It’s true that hemp and marijuana are from the same family – the Cannabis sativa family – but unlike its psychoactive cousin, hemp is entirely business-oriented.

Upon recognising the distinction between the two plants, and the economic boost that a hemp crop can offer, several states have now legalized industrial hemp cultivation. With the S.C. General Assembly’s quiet approval earlier this month, the growing of industrial hemp is now legal in S.C.

For years, advocates have maintained that hemp, with its thousands of uses, is nothing like marijuana, a different strain of Cannabis sativa. The prohibition of hemp in the U.S. goes back to 1939, when the federal government reclassified all cannabis varieties as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

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