Farm Bill Paves the Way to Grow Industrial Hemp for Research


A small provision in the new five-year, $480 billion Farm Bill that Obama signed into law Friday authorizes some states to grow hemp for research purposes, reported Al Jazeera.

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Ten states—California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia—can immediately take advantage of Section 7606 of the Farm Bill , which establishes a pilot program for colleges and state agencies to grow industrial hemp for research purposes, as these states have already passed industrial hemp farming laws allowing its production, reported

For decades, the U.S. has remained the only industrialized country to prohibit even growing the drug-free form of hemp based on concerns it would encourage marijuana use, reported Bloomberg News.

In the 1990s and 2000s, federal drug enforcement agents destroyed hemp crops planted by Alex White Plume, the former Vice-President and Tribal President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, reported. Section 7606 of the Farm Bill does not apply to South Dakota.

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