Hemp, though it is a member of the Cannabis plant family, is the completely non-hallucinogenic but industrially useful distant cousin to the marijuana plant, of legally challenged nature. Both types of plants look very similar to the untrained eye, and, because of this, hemp was once demonized as being too closely related as to create confusion for law enforcement, nearly a century ago. Cotton and other high fiber crops were given precedence over hemp, when this happened. Prior to this unfortunate change of views, hemp served mankind's needs for thousands of years in the manufacture of textiles, food, medicine, and construction materials. It is far more eco-friendly than cotton, and is highly renewable. Hemp has recently been rediscovered as an asset long ignored, and has been steadily making a comeback in the world as a prized agricultural resource. Hemp growing is becoming legalized again in the U.S. and is allowed in 46 states now.
Industrial hemp is defined as Cannabis sativa L. and required to be below a THC threshold of 0.3%. Hemp production is legal in 46 states and the farm bill allows Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota to continue to ban production of the crop within their borders.Oct 31, 2019
Agricultural hemp was allowed on an experimental basis by federal law under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (farm bill). Under the 2018 United States farm bill, commodity hemp production was federally legalized. It removed hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.)..
Long live the rebirth and nationwide adoption of hemp in the production of goods!