More on Hemp in politics and a new hemp festival dateJesse Clymer
Last week was an exciting time for the future of hemp. The House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would allow for the research of industrial hemp. While several states allow cultivation of the crop, federal law still views hemp as a form of marijuana, and the Drug Enforcement Agency can take action against you if you grow it. The amendment, proposed by Representative Jared Polis of Colorado, would allow colleges and universities to research the use of hemp. The amendment was passed by the House as an addition to the Farm Bill. Unfortunately the Farm Bill did not pass.
There is still hope for the hemp amendment, however. The House could develop another farm bill that the amendment could be added to. The amendment could also be tacked on to any other bill that is developed. There is also the possibility that the amendment could be repurposed as its own bill. So fear not; there is still hope that regulation on the research of hemp will exist in the near future. The mere fact that the hemp amendment passed at all shows a shift in view points and an understanding that hemp is an amazing plant that could provide many benefits.
For Hemp Authority, if you live on the East Coast, you may have the chance to visit us and see our products in person in September! We will be at the Hemp Heals Philly festival on September 7th. We are very excited to be a part of this event and cannot wait to be able to show our products to hemp enthusiasts. So if you are planning on attending, come and say hi to us! We hope to have a few new products by the time the festival comes around, and we should have some sneak peaks of them coming up over the next few weeks.