NORML Policy on Industrial Hemp

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"The marketplace, not myopic rules, should determine hemp's future in America."
The New York Times, April 11, 1998

Industrial Hemp

Hemp refers to the non-psychoactive strain of marijuana grown by farmers throughout the world for industrial purposes. Hemp is one of nature's strongest and most versatile agricultural crops and has many commercial uses. Various parts of the plant may be utilized for making paper, textiles, cosmetics, paints, clothing, foodstuffs, insulation, and animal feed. It produces a much higher yield per acre than substitutes such as wood pulp and cotton and requires virtually no pesticides. Farmers in 30 countries-including Canada, France, England, Germany, Japan, and Australia-grow hemp for industrial purposes. Federal lawmakers included language in the 2014 omnibus Farm Bill authorizing states to sponsor industrial hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. The change in law allows for licensed farmers to legally grow hemp for the first time since World War II.

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