January 30, 2015

Why Some States Will Have a Head Start on Hemp

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Should the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 pass, there will still be states that do not allow commercial hemp cultivation, at least for the time being. The model says Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD), will be akin to U.S. state and federal laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages. “It’s not that out of the ordinary where there are federal regulations that govern various elements and state regulations that govern retail distribution. I think that’s fairly standard,” he says.

But states that do not make way for industrial hemp will be missing out on what may soon become a very valuable U.S. cash crop. In essence, these states “will be years behind” states that do allow it, says Chris Boucher, vice president at hemp CBD oil company US Hemp Oil/CannaVest Corp. (San Diego).

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