Hemp is one of America’s oldest agricultural commodities but for far too long has been caught up in the net of marijuana prohibition, forcing product manufacturers to import hemp and its many derivatives from other countries. NCIA believes that non-psychoactive hemp needs to be removed from the list of controlled substances in order to allow domestic cultivation and the appropriate regulation of hemp products, which range from industrial to food to CBD medicinal supplements.
Under a pilot program in place since the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp cultivation is permitted only for certain limited research purposes. However, many states have moved to legalize hemp cultivation and it’s long past time for Congress to catch up to them by no longer criminalizing hemp at the federal level. NCIA supports all efforts to lift the nonsensical federal ban on hemp, including the 2018 Farm Bill provision introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) which would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and give states the opportunity to be the primary regulators of its production.
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