Hemp Supporters Rally In Washington, Conway Wants Discussion With Ag Commissioner

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Hemp supporters will rally in Washington D.C. today.

Members of Vote Hemp and other groups are descending on the nation’s capital for Hemp Lobby Day to convince Congress to lift a federal ban on the plant for industrial use.

Earlier this year Kentucky lawmakers approved the research and cultivation of hemp, but it has yet to be implemented because the federal government still considers the crop a controlled substance. The dilemma has pitted two potential gubernatorial candidates against one another: Hemp supporter and state Agricultural Commissioner James Comer, and Attorney General Jack Conway. [Read more…]

Tennessee Considers Legalizing Hemp

TENNESSEE: Manufacturers use hemp in plastics, insulation and even a little paper. Health food lovers eat hemp seeds by the handful for the protein and omega-3 fats. Hemp clothes, shoes and handbags sell for top dollar, prized for durability.

But while hemp fields abound in Canada and Europe, only a few acres of the plant are grown in the U.S. Authorities outlawed the crop a half-century ago because of its affiliation with its high-inducing cousin marijuana, even though the industrial variety contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive chemical THC. [Read more…]

Tennessee Considers Legalizing Hemp

TENNESSEE: Manufacturers use hemp in plastics, insulation and even a little paper. Health food lovers eat hemp seeds by the handful for the protein and omega-3 fats. Hemp clothes, shoes and handbags sell for top dollar, prized for durability.

But while hemp fields abound in Canada and Europe, only a few acres of the plant are grown in the U.S. Authorities outlawed the crop a half-century ago because of its affiliation with its high-inducing cousin marijuana, even though the industrial variety contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive chemical THC. [Read more…]

Industrial Hemp In Oregon: State Officials Drafting Rules For Hemp Production

OREGON: Oregon agriculture officials on Tuesday said they hope to have rules in place for the possibility of producing industrial hemp by the spring planting season. 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has assembled a committee of policy officials and agriculture experts, including Russ Karow, head of the Oregon State University crop and soil science program, to draft rules for industrial hemp production. [Read more…]

Statehouse Update: Industrial Hemp Could Be Indiana’s Next Cash Crop

INDIANA: Indiana’s agriculture sector has long been the backbone of the Hoosier economy. In 2011 alone, the Indiana Business Research Center estimates Indiana ag contributed $37.9 billion in economic output and supported 190,000 jobs. To ensure agriculture remains a vital driver of economic activity, it’s imperative lawmakers consider common sense options to improving and diversifying yields. [Read more…]

Hemp: Read Draft Regulations For Growing Industrial Hemp

COLORADO: The Colorado Department of Agriculture has released draft regulations for the growing of industrial hemp. The rules, which are on view below, specify that farmers must pay a fee of $200 plus an additional $1 per acre to grow hemp for commercial purposes, must disclose the location of their crop and, if chosen, must pay for state inspections to ensure that their crop contains less than 0.3 percent THC. [Read more…]

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Talks Marijuana and Hemp Legalization With High School Students

OREGON: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., thought he was going to Hillsboro’s Century High School to talk to students on Friday, Oct. 18 about the recent government shutdown and the political gridlock currently plaguing Washington, D.C.

But that’s not really what the students wanted to talk about. [Read more…]