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Senator Shelley Hughes first introduced the bill in January. Hughes said farmers in Matanuska-Susitna Borough wanted to grow hemp, as an inexpensive way to feed livestock.
The bill separates hemp from marijuana's definition and regulations.
"The bill that was passed today defines hemp as a plant that is less than .3 percent THC," said Senator Hughes. " So it does not have the psychoactive response and a person could smoke acres and acres and all they would get is a cough and a sore throat. "So there are no psychoactive impacts from hemp so it is now an agriculture crop product and it is not under the marijuana statutes," said Hughes.
The “North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act” went into effect on August 1st 2015. Governor McCrory signed HB 766 into law two weeks earlier giving neurologists the authority to recommend low-THC cannabis oil to qualifying patients.
Asked how the USDA and Trump administration envision hemp being regulated, [Greg] Ibach [undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture] said there’s danger to opening up the market to all states.
“We need to be careful so that we don’t kill the market for hemp by overburdening the market with supply before there is demand for it,” Ibach added.
He said oversight of hemp should belong to the U.S. Department of Justice, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, not the USDA.
The DEA appeared in court last week to argue that CBD, a molecule derived from hemp and marijuana, is an illegal drug and not authorized by the Farm Bill.
A bill to legalize the production of industrial hemp has made its way through both the Alaska House and Senate and now awaits the governor’s pen.
The legislation would allow registered participants into a pilot project to grow hemp if signed into law.
Even if the bill is signed into law soon, Hughes said it’s unclear whether regulations will be written in time for this year’s growing season.
She said it is more likely that farmers could be growing industrial hemp in Alaska in 2019.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: Jay Electronica
Aw, c'mon! It is not that harsh! LOL. I mean, uhm,.. it is snowing cat's and dog's right now! (Really, a good 3 inches since morning).