Federal policies, reinforced by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, virtually banned industrial hemp production during the war on drugs. A funny thing happened to hemp in the 20th century. After centuries of cultivation in North America for its fibers used in the manufacture of ropes and textiles, hemp was banned in the United States because it is made from one of the same plant species (Cannabis sativa) as marijuana. He was a victim of the war on drugs.
Hemp production was banned across the United States in 1937, with the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act. Two weeks ago, the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate approved a bill that would legalize industrial hemp production in the state. Now, growers can grow hemp if they meet those requirements or if they do so in accordance with an approved state or tribal hemp production plan. While there are provisions that strongly regulate hemp, and there is concern among law enforcement, rightly or wrongly, that cannabis plants used to obtain marijuana are mixed with hemp plants, this legislation makes hemp a dominant crop.
First, you know that hemp doesn't get you high and that the drug war debate that wiped out hemp was politically motivated, rather than policy-oriented. Learn more about the regulatory status of state and tribal hemp programs by visiting the AMS hemp production website. In addition, section 7501 of the Agriculture Act expands hemp research by including hemp under the Agricultural Materials Act. For their experiment, Mitlin's team cooked discarded hemp stalks that the government stored in Alberta, Canada, where it is legal to grow industrial hemp.
Hemp seeds are used to make flour, hemp milk, cooking oil and beer, as well as for dietary supplements. The North American Industrial Hemp Council estimates that hemp can be used to make more than 25,000 products, from the pages of paper in the Bible to building materials for homes. Second, Kentucky, the leader's home state, is one of the best places in the world to grow hemp, and before the ban, the state had a strong hemp industry. The Farm Bill ensures that any cannabinoid, a set of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant and derived from hemp, is legal, as long as that hemp is produced in a manner consistent with the Farm Bill, associated federal regulations, associated state regulations and by a producer authorized.
In states that choose not to design a regulatory program on hemp, the USDA will build a regulatory program under which hemp growers in those states must apply for licenses and comply with a federally administered program.