Hemp is technically legal in Texas, but proving that hemp is not cannabis can be a hurdle, requiring testing in a licensed laboratory. So, when a truck carrying thousands of pounds of hemp was recently detained by law enforcement near Amarillo, the driver spent weeks in jail awaiting confirmation that the cargo was legal.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of a pilot hemp insurance programme through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI), which is said to provide coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fibre, grain or Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The USDA has also announced the availability of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), which looks to protect against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting where no permanent federal crop insurance programme is available.
It’s pretty amazing and world-changing, and as Jack Herer said: “I don’t know if Hemp is going to save the world but it’s the only thing that can”. If you are a policymaker and leader of your people, then you need to learn everything you can about the Hemp plant because Hemp is Hope for the future of Alaska and the World.
This is the latest in a series of approvals that USDA has doled out since the crop and its derivatives were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. Texas, Nebraska and Delaware—in addition to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and the Yurok Tribe—each had their regulatory plans cleared.
Civilizations have used hemp for centuries to produce a variety of goods including paper, cloth, and rope. Hemp is the same species of plant as marijuana, just a different cultivated variety of it. As a result, following the criminalization of marijuana, hemp cultivation faded in the United States. In fact, the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 included hemp within the definition of “marihuana,” effectively outlawing the production of hemp without a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) permit.
U.S. hemp sales could increase as much as $25 million in 2020 and by more than $100 million by 2022, according to new estimates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Technology powered by artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly evolved in traditional indoor agricultural production in recent years, as companies use the vast amounts of data produced in their operations to make better production and management decisions.
Farmers will be required to grow at least 1,000 plants on a minimum of a quarter acre, according to Ohio Department of Agriculture regulations approved in December. In addition, farmers will have to pay a proposed $100 application fee to be licensed to grow hemp and an additional $500 fee for each growing location.
The US defines industrial hemp as cannabis sativa plants containing 0.3% or less THC. Any higher than that, so to speak, and the plants are considered marijuana, which is federally outlawed. Before 2015, hemp was virtually nonexistent in terms of US agriculture, because the Controlled Substances Act lumped it along with all cannabis plants (also known as marijuana) in 1970 as a Schedule I substance with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
In November 2018 the Home Office guidance said UK farmers could not harvest hemp flowers for cannabis oil, or CBD, but could continue to grow seed and stalk.