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States Take Lead in Promoting Industrial Hemp

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NAIHC.org, April 23, 2013 – With more states passing legislation to encourage growing industrial hemp, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides a summary of the eight states with industrial hemp laws already in place: Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia.

The NCSL summary notes that:

Industrial hemp refers to many types of Cannabis plants that contain low levels of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and can be used to make a variety of products including textiles, plastics, fuel and food. 

 However, the Federal Controlled Substances Act categorizes any product that contains THC, including industrial hemp, as a Schedule I drug.

Eight states have laws to promote the growth and marketing of industrial hemp. State policies include:

    • defining industrial hemp based on the percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol it contains.

    • authorizing the growing and possessing of industrial hemp.

    • requiring state licensing of industrial hemp growers.

    • promoting research and development of markets for industrial hemp.

    • excluding industrial hemp from the definition of controlled substances under state law.

    • establishing a defense to criminal prosecution under drug possession or cultivation.

 The NCSL summary provides details on the specific provisions in force in each of the eight states.