Hemp oil's growing popularity is a factor in the spread of hemp farming from state to state. Wisconsin made itself the most recent state to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp. The legislature there voted unanimously in favor of the crop and Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill. Wisconsin Ag Connection reports:
The legislation specifics that anyone with a prior drug conviction would not be eligible to grow hemp. In addition, the crop would not be allowed to contain more than 0.3 percent THC, an active ingredient in marijuana. Rural lawmakers and farm groups have been pushing the concept of hemp production in...
Researchers from UC-Davis are teaming up with Colorado biotech Front Range Biosciences to study the genome of industrial hemp. Merry Jane reports: The UC-Davis project, led by viticulturist and enologist Dario Cantu, will only sequence the genes for hemp, a variety of cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC (read: it won’t get anyone high).
“We are now excited to have the opportunity to study the genome of hemp,” said Cantu in an Oct. 26 press release. “Decoding its genome will allow us to gain new insight into the genetic bases of complex pathways of secondary metabolism in plants.”
Cantu’s lab is only handling...
Farmers are buying into industrial hemp, with acreage devoted to the crop increasing along with production, and Colorado leading the way. Westword reports:
...hemp farmers are getting the acreage – 23,343 acres, to be exact, according to a new study by Vote Hemp, an organization dedicated to advancing the industrial hemp industry. And which state is leading the pack? Colorado, by far. Vote Hemp just released the results of its study measuring the number of acres on which hemp is grown across the country. The report found that 33 states have enacted some form of hemp-specific legislation; nineteen of those have created licenses to grow...
Farmers around the mid-west have been doing their rain dances, just hoping for some drops to trickle from the sky. And while many crops are suffering, there is one that is thriving - industrial hemp! "Industrial hemp may look like marijuana, but it has none of the ingredients that give smokers a high. It should also give a big boost to some farmers check books this year..."
The benefits of industrial hemp can stretch further than just the amazing dietary supplemental product from Blue Moon Hemp - as it's being investigated for it's uses as an alternative fuel source at the University of Louisville... "Hemp is a variety of cannabis, but has a different biochemical composition than its cousin, marijuana. As such, smoking hemp doesn’t get you high. Rather, industrial hemp is used largely for its oil and fibers..."