Industrial hemp pilot programs are now going to be conducted in Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. This brings the total number of states conducting research with the hemp plant to 40. With the growing number of states conducting research and The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 being introduced to congress, it seems that this year is vital to the development of a burgeoning commercial industry for hemp farming and manufacturing throughout the country.
Both Democrats and Republicans support decriminalizing industrial hemp. The passing of this bill would remove hemp from its schedule one drug classification. Interestingly enough propagation of the hemp plant is outlawed when the consumption of it products none of the euphoric feels that smoking the marijuana plant would.
The vote to legalize industrial hemp is planned to take place this month and most states are on board to support its initiatives. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agree on very little except that industrial hemp is vital to the survival of the farming community in the U.S. McConnells bill would lift restrictions on banking access, water rights, and processing of hemp into manufactured goods.
2018 seems to be the year that industrial hemp retakes its place as an important stable crop and industrial material in the United States.