Some observers say a bill passed this session by the North Dakota Legislature that sets down guidelines for industrial hemp provides important momentum for growing the crop and could help create an industry for Indian tribes. However, it could take a while to sort out federal policies.
Hemp is used to make clothing and other products, but growing it has been illegal under federal law because the plant is related to marijuana. The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. David Monson allows hemp to be grown through state agriculture departments and college research stations.
Former U.S. attorney from North Dakota Timothy Purdon says recent Department of Justice policy changes in response to states that have legalized marijuana could open the door for industrial hemp, especially on tribal lands.
Full Article: Industrial hemp producers laud North Dakota bill, but are in wait-and-see mode on regulations
Author: Dave Kolpack
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