My blog is dedicated to the exploration of industrial hemp in America including the rich history of all forms of cannabis, the evolving law and politics of hemp and marijuana, the many products made from cannabis and the capacity, real or imagined, of hemp to re-industrialize rural America and revitalize the American family farm.
Licensed farmers can now grow hemp commercially in West Virginia after the House unanimously passed HB2453 Tuesday.
Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D-Alum Creek) and Delegate Jim Butler (R-Henderson) introduced the bill on Feb. 15. Under the new law, any person with a license can plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, and buy industrial hemp. To obtain a license, the individual must go through the Department of Agriculture and meet statutory requirements.
State legislatures have recently taken action to promote industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. In the 2014 farm bill, Congress allowed state ag departments to license the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes.With the change in federal law, at least 20 states have passed laws creating industrial hemp research or pilot programs. Virginia currently has research programs underway at Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and James Madison University.