GENERAL ASSEMBLY: House Votes To Allow Growing Of Industrial Hemp

Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature

VIRGINIA:  The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow industrial hemp to be grown in Virginia. The measure now moves to the state Senate, where a similar proposal is pending. Delegate Joseph R. Yost, R-Giles, the measure’s sponsor, on Monday had touted the economic advantages that industrial hemp would provide for the Read the full article…

Hemp Measure Gets Mixed Reviews

Jared Polis

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The recently proposed Industrial Hemp Farming Act would remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, would require the federal government to respect state laws that allow farmers to grow the crop. The United States is the Read the full article…

Homegrown Hemp On The Horizon?

A trade association has been created to promote the nascent legal marijuana business in Alaska.

PENNSYLVANIA:  If state Sens. Mike Folmer and Judith Schwank have their way, the plant that lent its name to East and West Hempfield townships could once again grow here. “We will shortly be introducing legislation to permit the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp in Pennsylvania,” the two wrote in a recent memo. “Although federal law Read the full article…

Congress Blocks Feds From Targeting Medical Marijuana, Hemp Cultivation

States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress. Included in the federal spending bill released late Tuesday are amendments that prohibit the Department of Justice from using funds to go after state medical marijuana operations and that block the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to interfere Read the full article…

Kentucky Department of Agriculture Looking For Hemp Growers For 2015

"We're looking to conduct a wide scope of pilot projects in 2015. When the day comes that commercial hemp production is open to all producers and processors in Kentucky, we want to be ready."

KENTUCKY:  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is taking applications for next year’s industrial hemp pilot projects. Potential growers must apply by Jan. 1; farmers who are chosen will be notified in late January. “The first round of pilot projects with the universities and individual farmers in 2014 yielded a tremendous amount of data about production Read the full article…

Ohio Residents Join Legal Hemp Harvest In Kentucky, Touting Jobs Creation, Brain Food

The agricultural excitement spurred some of Ohio's long-time hemp advocates to travel south to meet the farmers and gain first-hand experience with the plant that cannabis prohibition has kept out of American fields until very recently. -

OHIO:  For the first time in two generations, the Industrial Hemp crop has been legally harvested in Kentucky. The hemp plots were grown in compliance with Kentucky state law and in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) that authorized hemp cultivation for research purposes in states that Read the full article…

Husband And Wife Each Running For Congress In Virginia

Dr. Ken and Elaine Hildebrandt are the first husband and wife on the ballots for Congress and the main plank in their platform is industrial hemp.

VIRGINIA:  Dr. Ken and Elaine Hildebrandt made Virginia history this year as the first husband and wife on the ballots for Congress. Ken is running in the 5th district, as he did in 2012, and Elaine is running in the 6th. As Chris Hurst, news anchor at WDBJ7 recently reported, “The main plank in their platform, industrial hemp.” The Read the full article…

California Hemp Gets Rolling

At Kentucky's Murray State, researchers say some of their plants have reached 14 feet in height.

CALIFORNIA:  Green, twenty-foot-tall fields of research hemp might be waving in the Davis breeze by the next year in a startling breakthrough for California hemp advocates who have been working for decades to grow the plant. The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 combined with the 2014 federal farm bill has unlocked the possibility Read the full article…

Now Appearing: Hemp, For First Time In Decades

Currently 12 states have legislation on the books that would allow cultivation of hemp as laid out in the recent Farm Bill.

COLORADO:  Proponents of industrial hemp say it’s one of the most misunderstood plants in the world. It’s related to its far more controversial cousin, marijuana, but lacks the THC that gives marijuana its psychedelic properties. The first federal law mentioning hemp came in 1937. Congress discouraged the high THC varieties of cannabis, like marijuana, while exempting farmers who Read the full article…

Uncertainty Dominates New Legal Hemp Market

Hemp is prized for oils, seeds and fiber, but its production was prohibited for five decades because the plant can be manipulated to enhance a psychoactive chemical, THC, making the drug marijuana.

COLORADO: Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate, opening up a lucrative new market. That was the idea, anyway. Would-be hemp farmers are having mixed success navigating red tape on everything from seed acquisition to processing the finished plant. It will take Read the full article…