Michigan moves to legalize industrial hemp farms as market grows
You can legally buy thousands of products made of hemp – soap, food, fuel, clothes, makeup, paper.
But growing hemp in the U.S. has been illegal for decades. That is until Congress approved this year’s farm bill, which permits universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for research purposes.
Michigan is among 25 states considering legislation that would support the growing of industrial hemp. The Michigan House approved legislation earlier this month to allow hemp research.
The bills would allow the state ag department and universities to grow hemp for agricultural or research purposes.
Hemp has virtual no THC, the active ingredient that produces a high.
States are wasting no time because the industrial hemp market is growing nationwide and is worth about $500 million a year.
So far, 13 state have passed legislation approving industrial hemp farming – California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.