How to grow industrial hemp for food, clothing, energy and other industries
Posted On August 3, 2021
Hemp is now legal in some states, but it has a long way to go before becoming a significant crop.
In other words, growing hemp for biofuels, clothing and other products is a long shot.
The Journal’s Kevin Ryan reports.
Read more at WSJ.comThe new crop, which is often referred to as industrial hemp or “cannabis,” is a genetically modified plant that has high levels of cannabinoids, a chemical that is thought to have therapeutic uses.
It’s also used to make synthetic and bioengineered fibers.
The Industrial Hemp Association of America (IHA) has launched a new website to track the growth of industrial hemp across the U.S.
Industrial hemp is already being grown in states like Maine and Vermont, and the United States has made it legal for people to grow it for recreational purposes, such as for clothing.
The federal government has also said it will regulate the crop in future.
There’s a lot of excitement around industrial hemp as a source of biofuel and a food source.
However, the plant is still illegal in most states and has been labeled a Schedule 1 narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.
In order to grow and sell it, you need to obtain a DEA permit, which can be costly.
The government will not issue the permit for the first 30 days, but after that, you will be able to grow the plant in public.
Industry groups have pushed to legalize industrial hemp on the grounds that it is a valuable crop and could provide a source for biofuel.
Hemp is often used to fabricate clothing and apparel, as well as for building materials.
The U.K. government is looking into whether to legalize the crop, but hasn’t decided yet.