Can Hemp be Grown Legally in All 50 States?

Industrial hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa L. that contains less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Hemp production is legal in 46 states, while Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota have yet to pass legislation allowing it. The Idaho hemp plan will be created in consultation with the governor, the director of the Idaho state police and the Idaho agriculture industry.

The measure requires that the plant's total THC content, including THC-A, be equal to or less than 0.3%, and hemp transporters must submit to police searches and allow police officers to “randomly” select reasonably sized samples that do not exceed 20 grams for THC compliance testing. At least 47 states have enacted laws to establish hemp production programs or allow research on hemp cultivation. Hemp producers are treated as any other agricultural producer in the United States, with serious restrictions. Research on hemp is still important as it helps to inform individual decision-making and the development of this emerging industry.

The reintroduction of industrial hemp through state pilot programs has shown the potential of a crop last commercially produced in the United States in the 1950s. Production levels grew rapidly with the arrival of new producers on the market. However, reintroducing a crop into the agricultural landscape brought challenges such as a lack of basic production and market data and information, essential for making informed decisions. Canada is perhaps the most relevant analogue for the U. S., as its modern hemp industry developed following a legislative and political trajectory similar to that of the U.

S., but it started 20 years earlier. In 1998, commercial production was legalized in Canada with producer licenses and other regulatory provisions covering production, processing, transportation, delivery, sale and trade provided by Health Canada. Historically, Canada has exported hemp to the United States and, over the past decade, U. S. imports of Canadian hemp oil have increased. Hemp production has a long history in Europe and was an important source of canvas and rope for European navies as early as the 18th century.

The European hemp industry has remained relatively small due to the high cost of specialized equipment for handling hemp fiber and the limited demand for textile and food uses of hemp. The European Union (EU) subsidized fiber crops, including hemp, as part of the Common Agricultural Policy in the 1970s but then phased out most support programs. Like trends in Canada, European hemp production is recovering in response to the growing demand for organic seeds for food consumption and the growing demand for CBD oil products. It has opened a multi-purpose industrial hemp processing plant in Spring Hope, North Carolina (the largest); an ecological village in Golden Valley, Arizona; a local processing center in Medford, Oregon; and continues to seek new locations for local processing centers across the country. Its goal is to boost local economies by offering affordable hemp processing services which encourages local producers to add hemp to their crop rotation. It has also signed an agreement with 2 Manifest Studio LLC, a Wyoming limited liability company (VED), to create a documentary and subsequent documentary series over five years about Hemp Inc., other pioneers and companies that are leaders in modern industrial hemp history. No other public company has this level of transparency than Hemp Inc., which entered a majority ownership agreement with JNV Farms LLC for a hemp growing and processing company in Medford, Oregon. As majority owner of this now fully operational company Local Processing Center Inc., it can create a portfolio of industrial hemp and hemp products on the West Coast where legal. It strives to be one of the most transparent companies in the public sector by providing daily updates on its Local Processing Center on CEO Bruce Perlowin's personal Facebook page.

To comply with this company transparency policy CEO Bruce Perlowin posts daily updates on his personal Facebook page about Local Processing Center Inc.

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