Farm Bill legalizes hemp production

Congress drafts compromise Farm Bill, eliminates SNAP work requirements

Congress drafts compromise Farm Bill, eliminates SNAP work requirements

"Now we can do some more studies into CBD and work with a lot more institutions that support it, and really understand how cannabinoids can help the industry overall and more specifically how they work with the human body", Sharma said. "The negotiators appear to have achieved a bipartisan compromise that maintains and modestly strengthens SNAP, ensuring that millions of struggling Americans will continue to be able to count on SNAP to help them put food on the table", Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, said in a statement.

"Seeing this bill from start to finish has been a surreal experience, and what we are putting forth is a great bill that looks at agriculture from all angles", Marshall said. State governments may impose separate restrictions or requirements on the cultivation and the sale of hemp and hemp products.

The measure was supported by both Republicans and Democrats who argued it was an opportunity for American farmers.

Because it's almost impossible to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana without a lab test, the growing of hemp plants will continue to be tightly regulated, said Jonathan Miller, general counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a national industry group.

Right now the products from hemp range from clothes, to CBD-based products and more.

The federal legalization of hemp will also undoubtedly attract investors and businesses from outside the U.S. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said it's expected to be signed into law by President Trump, and once it is CBD oil made from industrial hemp that has a THC concentration of no more than.3% can be legally produced, sold, and possessed in Alabama. "It has been a privilege to work so closely with them to ensure that Kansas ag priorities were included in our final bill", Marshall said.

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Expands the safety net for dairy farmers.

Numerous provisions worked on by Thune have to do with conservation, and more specifically the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which pays farmers to not use environmentally-sensitive land for agricultural production.

"We need more than just farmers here", she concluded. "Hemp has the highest ability to 'bioaccumulate" and degrade harmful contaminants in soil, water and air. Hemp will absorb [pollutants] voraciously, neutralize them and break them down into harmless components.

The bill would also increase the maximum amount of farmland permitted to be enrolled in CRP, from 24 million acres to 27 million.

"I've worked on a lot of other stuff - tax bills, trade, transportation, highways, railroads, safety issues, things like that", Thune said, "but when it comes to our state's No. 1 industry, you can not underestimate the impact that a prosperous and profitable ag economy has on our state economy". But funding for the program will be cut so that by 2023 the program will get $800 million a year less than what it got in the last year of the previous farm program. When I visited a hemp farm mid-harvest, I saw firsthand the enormous potential of this diverse crop under the limited 2014 farm bill.

Individual states can also make and enforce rules banning hemp or CBD even though it's no longer considered a controlled substance - another wild card.

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