Farm bill passes with hemp exemption
Hemp will now be legal for farmers to grow. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel hopes it can replace tobacco to some extent as a staple crop in his home state of Kentucky.
It is also a good source of CDB oil which is one of the main ingredients in cannabis products used medicinally and legalized in a bunch of states.
I’ve seen a lot of arguments on both sides in regards to it’s value in the textile industry. It clearly can be used for a myriad of textiles but there is much debate about that because we already have cheaper ways to make all that stuff. Cheaper perhaps, but mostly petroleum based with many drawbacks that end up costing us in the long run. Anyhow, I’m not very up to speed on the textile arguments either way.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. A lot of people think this is just a ploy so that people can illicitly grow marijuana hidden among the hemp plants. I disagree, a lot of farmers who have no particular interest in marijuana are very interested in hemp.