by Martijn on 31/01/2014 | Cannabis News

US Farm Bill approved, a great step forwards for hemp production

In July 2013, Sensi Seeds reported on an impending change in the U.S. Farm Bill, a legal document that regulates agriculture and food production. The Farm Bill is regularly reviewed, and on Wednesday 29th January 2014 the latest adjustments were approved, including an important change related to the production of industrial hemp! There seems to be no end to the stream of positive news about cannabis and hemp which is marking the first month of 2014.


US-Hemp-Our-FutureIn July 2013, Sensi Seeds reported on an impending change in the U.S. Farm Bill, a legal document that regulates agriculture and food production. The Farm Bill is regularly reviewed, and on Wednesday 29th January 2014 the latest adjustments were approved, including an important change related to the production of industrial hemp! There seems to be no end to the stream of positive news about cannabis and hemp which is marking the first month of 2014.

Step forwards

The Farm Bill is a document produced by the US federal government which gives the primary policies for agriculture and food production. Once every five years this comprehensive package of agrarian laws is reviewed, and revised as necessary. One of the latest revisions is the relaxation of the laws covering hemp farming. The cultivation of this crop has been forbidden in North America since 1937, despite thousands of dollars’ worth of industrial hemp being imported there each year. Click here to read more about hemp in the US and the Farm Bill.

hemp flaxThe approval of the new law was delayed thanks to the Republicans, who wanted to make controversial cuts to the food stamp system. This scheme offers monthly benefits to families on low incomes, with which to buy food. Last Wednesday the new Farm Bill was finally approved with 261 votes in favour and 166 votes against. Sensi Seeds is enormously happy that the production of industrial hemp – which the company participates in through its subsidiary HempFlax – has taken a big step forwards.

Research purposes

The original plan to legalise hemp was introduced by representatives Jared Polis, Thomas Massie and Earl Blumenauer. Unfortunately, their proposal to legalize completely is still waiting for approval from Congress, but from now on it is possible to grow hemp for research purposes in universities and agricultural research institutes in ten US states: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. The representatives agree that this research project is the initial phase of the process to reach full legalization. The project is also desirable because a great deal of knowledge about the cultivation of hemp has been lost in the last 50 years. The ten states where hemp cultivation will become legal had actually already implemented legislation to legalize hemp production, but now these laws will be recognized by the federal government. It is possible that more states will take part in this start-up project later this year.

Obviously Sensi Seeds will keep a close eye on this issue. Follow the blog and stay up-to-date with international hemp and cannabis related topics!

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John J Arredondo

Would you happen to know how many CBD sellers may be in the mid west? How would that divide into the population of the midwest? Thank you

23/10/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi John,

I'm afraid I don't have this information, and I don't even have an educated guess for you, sorry! We are a Netherlands-based company with a mainly European market, so I would not know how to track down that information for you. What I can suggest is that you contact the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp as a starting point to find someone who might be able to answer your questions. In the meantime, I hope that you continue to enjoy the blog.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

24/10/2018

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