The State Department of Agriculture teamed up with Penn State University research scientists to plant the first legal hemp agricultural crop in Pennsylvania. It has been over 80 years since this state has seen legal hemp agriculture. Governor Tom Wolf legalized the growth and production of industrial hemp. This is in step with current United States regulations that require hemp farmers to work in conjunction with a host of regulators and scientists. The hemp grown currently in the United States is for “research purposes” and not actually scaled up for full blown commercial production. It is as if the government only wants to put its toe in the hemp ocean to check it out rather than just jump in. Ask the average worker in America would they like to work for a hemp farmer or a hemp entrepreneur and I am quite sure the answer would be a resounding YES. So why all the regulation and restrictions and dancing around the full legalization by calling it research? Because the American government is still unwilling to fully commit to the prospect that hemp has medicinal value. When the people of this country began healing their own ailments with a natural, homeopathic remedy known as CBD, the medicinal value in hemp and CBD could no longer be ignored.
After the usual pork wrangling between legislators the omnibus federal farm bill was finally approved by Congressional conference committee negotiators. The farm bill is destined to be signed into law. The Farm Bill includes the hemp amendment that was approved by the House last year. With the DEA playing political shenanigans by not allowing some States to import hemp seeds, hemp agriculture met a temporary road block on legalization. States that were lucky enough to obtain legal hemp seeds have hemp fields growing. Even with temporary blocks the legalization of hemp agriculture moves forward as the number of States cultivating hemp is growing at a very fast pace.
Originally introduced by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the Farm Bill including the hemp amendment does not legalize hemp production, but it does allow for “research on industrial hemp by universities and state agriculture departments” in the states that have approved hemp agriculture and industrial production. There are two bills pending in Congress that would federally legalize hemp; they are House Resolution 525, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” and the companion legislation, Senate Bill 359.
At hempi.com we support the American Farmer’s right to cultivate hemp. We believe it is every citizens’ right to consume hemp oil, hemp seed, and hemp CBDs without regulation, oversight or restrictions that are cumbersome or unneeded. Hemp is a wellness product much like your daily multivitamin, so get over it if you still believe the 50s era propaganda about all cannabis (hemp and marijuana) being equivalent to a Schedule I drug that has zero potential for medicinal use. That is the mindset of the past. The mindset of the future is gaining tremendous momentum as hemp CBD and hemp oil have become main-stream America. You can get your Hemp CBDs at the grocery store or online and of course they are completely legal in the United States.
There are 20 states that passed laws (or are trying to pass laws currently) allowing hemp agriculture, industrial hemp, and hemp CBD products to be cultivated, manufactured, produced and sold without any legal repercussions. The days of hemp propaganda and hemp prohibition are over. The list of states currently working in conjunction with their respective Departments of Agriculture, State University and research / development scientists has grown dramatically and will continue to grow until hemp agriculture is FULLY legalized for commercial use (and accepted) at the federal level. We are almost halfway to the goal of legalization if you consider the following 20 States are on board with hemp agriculture:
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Hemp was legalized on the federal level in 2014, however industrial hemp and hemp agriculture face one major obstacle because the U.S. government continues to confuse hemp with marijuana and politicians sometimes find it hard to overcome their own Kool-Aid sipping as if they have blinders on and do not see the medical marijuana revolution that has swept this nation. Just this season in 2017 South Carolina planted their first legalized hemp crops. North Carolina will likely follow next season with hemp agriculture in 2018. North Carolina is waiting to obtain legal seeds while under DEA scrutiny. The American Farmer is waiting patiently for the politicians to step aside on this very important Farm Bill issue.
So yes, we see this as a victory for hemp agriculture and a victory for the American Farmer. As soon as hemp agriculture becomes recognized as a viable commodity to be traded on a very large economic scale, the hemp revolution will have finally culminated in tremendous economic opportunities for American Farmers, businessmen, and entrepreneurs. The American Farmer cannot wait for the politicians to just get out of the way. The time for hemp is now. Please show your support for hemp agriculture and hemp products by shopping our store. Our if you would like to act today, please take a moment to donate to our cause… hemp legalization. Any support is appreciated.