After years of trying to get laws changed, hemp advocates and would-be farmers are on the cusp of gaining new legal standing via the 2018 farm bill.

The question now will be: How do they ramp up production of a formerly illegal crop to the point where they’re competitive on a world scale?

The Senate version of the farm bill passed on June 28, S. 3042 (115), includes a provision that would put hemp — marijuana’s non-psychoactive relative — on the same standing as any other commodity crop.

With regulation handled by state agriculture departments, hemp researchers will be able to apply for USDA grants and hemp growers can be covered by crop insurance programs.

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Alexander Nieves ~ Politico.com

 

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