Alaska bill plans to allow hemp to be grown, in opposition to federal guidelines.
The state of Alaska hope to be the next state in the U.S to allow cannabis-based hemp to be grown for a multitude of uses.
Hemp is an extremely versatile crops, and can be used in a huge range of products. However because it is viewed as part of the cannabis family, tight restrictions exist on the growing of it.
The law across America is relaxing when it comes to cannabis, slowly but surely.
Many states now allow marijuana to be prescribed for medical reasons. But restriction against hemp are still in place in many states.
Alaskan residents are hoping for Senate Bill 6 to be signed by Gov. Bill Walker which would allow the regulation and production of industrial hemp. Many industries such as farming, food and construction industries would greatly benefit from being allowed to use hemp.
Hemp is part of the cannabis family, although it is non-psychoactive. This means that there is no real reason as to why it has been so tightly restricted for so many years.
In fact, the Congressional Research Service states that the U.S is the:
“only developed nation that hasn’t developed an industrial hemp crop for economic purposes.”
Alaska Republican Sen. Shelley Hughes said:
“It was time to remove hemp from the marijuana statutes. There’s no psychoactive impact from hemp. If you were to smoke acres and acres and acres of hemp, all you would get would be a sore throat and a cough,”
Ember Haynes, a local businesswoman who makes natural body balms and salves says that the allowing of hemp to grown in the state would enable her to grow her business, and not have to outsource.
“I just want to use Alaska hemp,” Haynes said. “It’s been frustrating for us, just because our business is entirely made up of products that we wild-craft or grow ourselves. And so the hemp seed oil, that would just change everything for us, to have it completely Alaska-grown and made herbs and plants in our products.”
There are currently 15 other states which have passed laws allowing legislation for the growing of hemp, including Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, North Dakota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Hemp is used across the world as a great natural product for a variety of uses including industrial and consumer products, including food, textiles and insulation materials.
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Posted by The Free Thought Project on Friday, September 9, 2016