Industrial Hemp

Fresh agricultural hemp grows in the countrysideHemp History

Industrial hemp was recognized for its various potential uses long ago. Prior to 1937, industrial hemp was legal and frequently used for clothing, paper, rope, and lamp oil. It is believed George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned hemp fields, and that Jefferson may have even drafted early versions of the Declaration of Independence on paper made from hemp.

Industrial hemp could have been a truly industrialized commodity by as early as 1940, but in a misguided effort to abolish the use of marijuana as a drug, Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which in effect lumped industrial hemp into the same category as marijuana plants, even though the two are different plants within the same species – Cannabis sativa L.

Industrial hemp plants can be used to produce thousands of products, including: textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, fiberglass, replacement for wood products, bio-fuel, detergents, and hemp derived CBD products for health and beauty. The potential uses for hemp are continuing to grow, and the use of the plant as an agricultural commodity is seeing a revival.

Hemp Today

Even though hemp does not have high enough levels of THC to produce a narcotic effect, hemp plants are legally treated the same as marijuana plants, but congressional efforts have been proposed to rectify the fallacy. The U.S. Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed on June 13, 2018, would remove hemp, hemp’s derivatives, extract, and cannabinoids derived from hemp, from the Controlled Substances Act. Under the new Farm Bill, hemp would be treated as an agricultural commodity on the federal level.

The House and the Senate have passed versions of the Farm Bill, but the House version did not even address hemp. The 2014 Farm Bill is set to expire September 30, 2018 and the House and Senate are required to reconcile the conflicting versions of the Bill.

Over thirty nations throughout the world have active industrial hemp markets, and forty states in the U.S. have removed barriers to the production of hemp. Although the majority of the states have developed laws in favor of industrial hemp’s legalization, because of federal law as it currently stands, there is a common misconception about what products can be shipped across state lines. Our Firm stays on top of this developing area of law.

As for nation-wide legalization of hemp, the odds appear to be in hemp’s favor, potentially as soon as this September.

Hemp v. Marijuana

Cannabis sativa L. plant Cannabis sativa L. plant
Low-resin High-resin
Agricultural crop Horticultural crop
Grown from pedigree seed Grown from asexually reproduced clones
Tall and skinny appearance Shorter and fuller appearance
Typically machine harvested and manufactured Typically hand-harvested, dried, trimmed, and cured
Non-psychoactive Psychoactive
Low THC, High CBD High THC, Low CBD
Grown for fibrous stalk Grown for flower
Plants grown close together Plants grown spaced apart

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