Hempsational News for Hemp
December 21 , 2018
Updated 9:20 PST
UPDATE: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into effect by President Trump on December 20, 2018. Industrial Hemp is now federally legal in the United States.
In 1937 the MJ Tax Act was implemented. Since this change to U.S. policies, marijuana and its similarly beneficial cousin hemp have been outlawed, demonized, and prohibited from being grown, processed, or consumed in the country. Since this time, the country has experienced mass deforestation, a decline in overall health, and many small farmers have barely been able to get by. Americans have been continually poisoned as has the planet.
Hemp which was once predicted to be a billion-dollar crop in Popular Mechanics back in 1938 has not been grown in American soil since the MJ Tax Act was enacted. That was until recent years as some states have started opting in to allow hemp to be grown for research purposes in their state since the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill. This legislation didn’t legalize hemp but rather opened the doors for states to say yes, we will allow some individuals with the right licensing to cultivate hemp for research purposes.
This, however, could be drastically changing rather soon. The 2018 Farm Bill officially includes a provision that would remove Industrial Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Industrial Hemp is defined as a genome of Cannabis Sativa that contains less than .03% THC. The provision within the bill that will allow for this change is known as H.R. 2 or “The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” and legalizes the, production, interstate commerce, research, sale and use of hemp products.
The provision was heavily sponsored by the country's longest serving Republican Senator Mitch McConnel of Kentucky. This seems quite natural considering that Kentucky was once home to on of the country's largest hemp crops. The changes that this bill makes are monumental in another aspect seeing how this provision will be the first legislation put in place that will alter the Controlled Substances Act since it was implemented in 1970.
Once enacted, H.R. 2 will also officially lift the ban on other cannabinoids such as CBDv, CBN, CBG, and CBD which can all be derived from hemp. This would officially make CBD products derived from hemp legal. Though they have been sold throughout the U.S. for several years, businesses operating with CBD products have been operating in a very gray area. A gray area that could have still landed them in jail.
So why hemp? This is the question that some people are asking themselves. When it comes to why hemp, there are hundreds, possibly thousands of reasons. While we would love to list them all, here are a few of our favorites!
Anything that can be made of plastic (which sits in landfills for centuries before decomposing) can be made from hemp.
Anything that is made of wood (which requires mass deforestation) can be made from hemp.
Unlike cotton, hemp requires no pesticides, or herbicides to grow and can be utilized to make anything cotton is used for today.
Cultivating hemp repairs the soil it is grown in through a process known as phytoremediation. In fact, hemp has been utilized at the site of the Chernobyl disaster to repair the soil successfully.
Hemp can also be utilized to make medicine, as a nutritional plant, to build homes, and as fuel!
It is also a great source of oil. In fact at one time hempseed oil was the primary oil used in the Sherwin Williams paint line.
It is a hempsational time to be on the right side of history and it is progressive bills such as this that will lead us into the future. A future that is greener, healthier, and better for all!