With the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, Oregon farmers would be allowed to grow hemp like any other crop. Hemp would be removed from the list of substances under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, declassifying it as a drug, as it contains less than 1% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component that produces a high.
Oregon may have a head start on hemp cultivation, as the Oregon State University offers a course about industrial hemp. Anndrea Hermann of Manitoba, Canada, is the lead instructor of the three-credit online course, called WSE 266 Industrial Hemp. The course, which has attracted students from around the world, is offered as part of the Wood Science and Engineering program.
Hermann has been studying the cultivation and Uses of Hemp for over 20 years. Originally from Joplin, Missouri, she has been living in Canada since 2004. With a major in Hemp Economics and a master’s degree in Hemp Agronomy from the University of Manitoba, she is now very happy to sharing her knowledge about an economically promising industry in the U.S.
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