Pennsylvania considers allowing industrial hemp cultivation

hemp_field2Pennsylvania: Bills in the state Pennsylvania Senate and House seek to legalize commercial harvesting of the industrial crop, Pennsylvania legislators used a recent hearing to build a legislative case for it.

Jonathan Miller of Kentucky’s Hemp Industry Council,  once a lawmaker thought at first it would be easy to vote against something associated with cannabis and or marijuana.

But, he said, he did his research, and his it paid off.

“Traveling around the state, informing them about the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana, we were able to not only secure passage of industrial hemp in Kentucky, but overwhelmingly,” he said.

In Pennsylvania, the two bills that would legalize and regulate growing industrial hemp are stuck in committee.

State Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, has sponsored a measure that would require Industrial Hemp cultivators to register with the Hemp Research Board within the state Department of Agriculture.

“The time has come in Pennsylvania,” she said. “We all know … that this a crop that could be helpful. It’s not a silver bullet, not a panacea, but should be offered to our farmers. Let’s give them that opportunity.”

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is noted as agreeing that in deed there is a lot of growing demand for industrial hemp, giving a nod the states who already have approved commercial hemp growing.

 

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