Lately, hemp and cannabis plants are getting a lot of attention. As more and more people are discovering the many benefits and uses of hemp, a lot of companies are showing interest in the thriving industry. In response, several states all over the US are developing their own programs to oversee the industry. These include regulating the sales of recreational cannabis and encouraging the research and study of industrial hemp.
The 2018 Federal Farm Bill
The Federal Farm Bill has taken hemp off the list of DEA’s controlled substances. This separated hemp from marijuana, which is its close relative. In line with this, hemp was transferred under the supervision of the US Dept. of Agriculture.
With the passing of the farm bill, some of the state lawmakers are getting a bill passed in the legislature that would legalize hemp along with its derivatives. In North Dakota, Rep. David Monson unanimously passed a bill late last month that seeks to legitimize hemp. He believes that the state will have a lot more acres of hemp growing soon.
Less Than 0.3% THC
The Farm Bill defines hemp as any part of the plant that has less than 0.3% of THC or the Tetrahydrocannabinol. The THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana, which is responsible for making a user high.
The House Bill 1349 of Rep. David Monson has also aligned with the Federal Bill’s definition of hemp, which should contain no more than 0.3% of the THC. This measure aims to establish a program that would regulate the cultivation, production, and sale of hemp in North Dakota.
Hemp in North Dakota
Before the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp could only be grown under the Industrial Hemp Research program of North Dakota. This was in line with the 2014 Farm Bill that allowed the states to establish pilot programs for the cultivation of hemp only for research purposes.
Doug Goehring, the state’s Agriculture Commissioner, said that his office has provided relevant information to Monsoon to support his bill. He believes that the bill can somehow ease the burden that comes with costly regulations on hemp, which hemp growers have to deal with!
Under the hemp pilot program of the state, producers have to pay $25 for every acre of hemp grown. The New Bill states that the fee shouldn’t be more than $350.
Hemp advocates are certain that there are plenty of opportunities in the hemp industry. The CBD is the component derived from hemp, which doesn’t contain any psychoactive component, unlike marijuana. The CBD has been found to treat a wide range of illnesses including pain and anxiety. A lot of people rely on CBD products to treat their conditions, including elderly women who have to suffer from the excruciating pain brought about by arthritis. Now that the 2018 Farm Bill has been approved, we will be seeing a lot of these CBD products in the shelf, including the most sought-after CBD oil.