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With Congress having reached an accord on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which includes a provision to lift the federal ban on cultivation of industrial hemp, the proliferation of hemp farming in California and across the country is expected to grow exponentially. California hemp farming attorneys know that up to this point, the U.S. has been the only industrialized nation wherein industrialized hemp isn’t already an established crop. The provisions of the act amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to indicate industrial hemp plants containing no more than 0.3 percent THC won’t be classified any longer as a schedule I narcotic. The measure gives states, rather than the federal government, authority regulate commercial hemp production and sales. California hemp farmer attorney

It’s a measure that could potentially be a cash cow for California farmers, as well as those across the U.S.

Hemp is defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11018.5 as the fiber or oilseed crop limited to types of the cannabis plant with no more than three-tenths of THC. It’s production is overseen by the California Industrial Hemp Program, with Division 24 of the California Food and Agricultural Code providing for the cultivation of industrial hemp by registered growers as well as established agricultural research sites. The reason this federal measure is so important is that up until that law goes into effect, hemp is still considered a Schedule I narcotic per the CSA, which California hemp farming attorneys know means unless specifically exempted there, any hemp-related activity is still technically subject to federal prosecution, no matter what the state law says. Continue reading

Farmers and distributors in North Dakota will soon be able to grow, produce and sell industrial hemp.hempjuice.jpg

This is yet another victory for those who have been pushing for an entry for local production in the U.S. market. Last year, the Hemp Industries Association estimated the plant, which has a host of valuable purposes, ranging from baby care to foods to auto parts to building materials to clothing. The hemp market nationwide was estimated to be around $620 million in 2014.

Even though hemp has no intoxicating properties, it’s been heavily restricted by federal authorities in the same manner as cannabis. That changed when President Barack Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill, which contained an amendment that allowed for the legalization of hemp cultivation and production for research purposes. The measure also allowed states that had legalized the crop to continue growing it within the parameters set forth by the state’s agriculture department and local research institutions.
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It is now legal to cultivate industrial hemp in the state of California – maybe.
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Although Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a groundbreaking measure that effectively legalizes industrial cultivation in the state, our California hemp lawyers know that it is contingent upon approval from the federal government.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), author of SB-566 Industrial Hemp, said the passage of the measure puts California in a prime position to grow industrial hemp, as soon as the federal government offers up the green light.
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The battle for safe, legal access to marijuana is not simply limited to those who require it medically or want to indulge for recreation.
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Currently, the wide-sweeping federal ban on the plant also encompasses the production of industrial hemp, a product that has proven incredibly versatile and useful. However, our Los Angeles marijuana lawyers know that its use has been tightly restricted, despite the fact that 10 states have pleaded with federal authorities to ease their stance.

It appears today those interest groups may finally have a good shot at success, with the Industrial Hemp Farming Act (Senate Bill 359 and House Resolution 525) are pending in both chambers. Additionally, an amendment to the Farm Bill, cosponsored by a Republican from Kentucky and a Democrat from Oregon, passed the House in July and is now slated for a hearing before a joint House-Senate conference committee.
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