Local politicians react to Farm Bill


Hemp has always been prized for its fiber and is the source of the increasingly popular CBD, an oil thought to have medicinal qualities that is used in a host of products. This means that CBD - the non-intoxicating cannabinoid sometimes associated with therapeutic benefits - will no longer be illegal at a federal level in the United States, as long as it comes from plants with low levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

The Farm Bill comes after months of bipartisan discussions to draft a final version of the legislation. The final bill sailed through the House and Senate on Thursday by unanimous consent.

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. The bill also legalizes industrial hemp as a crop across the country. The Delta, B.C. -based company entered the cannabis industry in 2017 through a partnership with licensed producer Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc.

Houser, who chairs her law firm's hemp and cannabinoids practice group, explained that states can operate under their own plans for up to a year after the USDA adopts federal regulations; if states wish to continue managing hemp farming under their own rules, they can submit a request for USDA approval.

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Historically, hemp was one of the earliest grown crops in the Shenandoah Valley, serving as a cash crop for many farmers centuries ago, when hemp was necessary to create rigging for ships.

"If it was completely deregulated and it was the Wild West, the fear is people would be cultivating marijuana and say it was hemp", Miller said in an interview.

Hemp cultivation became illegal in the U.S.in 1937, under provisions in the Marihuana Tax Act, which was drafted by prohibitionist Harry Anslinger. Village Farms is now working with lobbyists in Texas to have hemp removed from Texas' controlled substance list in the upcoming early-2019 legislative session. Further along the supply chain, industry observers eagerly anticipate guidance on hemp-derived CBD. The fast-food chain said it will begin monitoring the use of antibiotics in the USA and nine other nations that supply most of its beef. "I think everyone wants to do it right and not rush into it".

Michelle and Scott Fields, who run an organic hemp farm outside Grants Pass, Oregon, include a detailed letter to law enforcement in each package they ship that explains the dried flowers inside may look a lot like pot, but actually can't get anyone high. The new bill also establishes a Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) Initiative, which is aimed at protecting drinking water and waterways from pesticide and fertilizer runoff.

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The Farm Bill, as it is commonly known, provides assistance to farmers and people in poverty.

Cover crops: Removal of a barrier to cover crop adoption by ensuring that planting and terminating cover crops won't jeopardize crop insurance eligibility.

"That's been really tough", Butler said. We'll see if we can get that. The company hasn't declared any USA assets, and it declined to comment on US hemp plans.

"The era of hemp prohibition is over", Miller wrote on the organization's website.

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The bill found a champion in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who cheered the inclusion of a provision that would make hemp a legal agricultural commodity, a boon to some farmers in his home state.