Momentum is building in Puerto Rico to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize marijuana possession and export industrial hemp.
Farmers are growing more industrial hemp each year. The markets for industrial hemp are also growing as people who attended Farming Smarter’s annual meeting at Ag Expo in Lethbridge learned.
Farmers who intend to plant Colorado’s first industrial hemp crop can register starting March 1, though they should be aware of several unanswered legal questions, the Colorado Department of Agriculture says.
This month, the United States has lifted a ban on growing industrial hemp for human consumption. In Australia, a ban remains.
Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed Monday by the House.
The bill lets universities to do hemp research and state agriculture departments to do pilot studies.
The Senate has voted against letting New Hampshire farmers legally grow industrial hemp and instead propose establishing a committee to study the idea.
Speakers to include hemp farmers, Boulder County DA Stan Garnett
Bioenergy is currently the fastest growing source of renewable energy. Cultivating energy crops on arable land can decrease dependency on depleting fossil resources and it can mitigate climate change.
Regulations are impeding the growth of the hemp industry, says the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.