During the 5th annual Hemp History Week, farmers and industrial hemp advocates alike are reaching out to remind the public of a plant that was once completely legal to grow in the US. They are, however, making valuable headway in their quest, with sales of hemp products reaching 581 million dollars last year, it’s no surprise that industrial hemp is a hot topic lately. And only getting hotter.
With most of the hemp being cultivated in Canada, we are becoming more eager to spread the legalization of hemp farming throughout the country, in an effort to not only resurrect this cash crop, but to study its full potential as a resource. Hemp Industries Association (HIA) President Anndrea Hermann said that Canadian hemp crops could easily move into North Dakota and other border states, and the equipment used to farm other crops could easily be used for cultivating industrial hemp.
At an even higher level, the federal government is also taking notice of this movement to grow more industrial hemp in America. The Agricultural Act of 2014 possesses an amendment that allows for the start-up of nationwide pilot programs as long as it’s legal to grow hemp in that state. Pilot programs are being used to research industrial hemp and determine the full potential of the crop. Just recently, however, we’ve seen that things could get a bit rocky for some states. Even states that are legally allowed to grow hemp, like Kentucky, are hitting legal snags. But despite all of this, industrial hemp farming and awareness seem to be gaining considerable momentum.
For the first time in decades, we’re seeing the transformation of something beautiful. Nationwide industrial hemp cultivation is the key to our economic future, as well as the likely turning point in the way we view industry, which is why it’s crucial to keep your ear to the ground to find out what you can do to help. It’s not just about money. Sure, we can most likely pull ourselves out of debt using a crop that, like I’ve mentioned, raked in 581 million dollars last year, but we can also view this as a safer, cleaner, and much less expensive natural resource. This seems to be the focal point of many advocate groups, and with good reason. With absolutely no ability to get you buzzed like its sister plant, industrial hemp has no reason to be banned when it could be so beneficial to our country, and ultimately, to the human race.
Don’t be afraid to check with current hemp news sites to get the information you need to scope out some events and activities being held locally, and all over the country.