Thank You Sen. Kapucian for proposing that Iowa legalize industrial hemp for commercial use. — 1 Comment

  1. Industrial Hemp

    “If we can’t grow it in our state, why can we import it into our state and use if for industry? Why not let farmers grow the hemp and let them capitalize and make money on that?” *

    There is great economic potential for industrial hemp production for fiber, energy and food purposes. Prior to the mid-20th century it was widely grown in the United States for purposes of providing fiber for rope production that was essential to the naval operations in World War I and World War II. The demand for hemp derived rope was subsequently replaced by South Asian sourced products and synthetic materials after World War II ended. Although banned by the Federal Government because it is related to marijuana, industrial hemp plants can ruin marijuana crops due to cross pollination.
    The American Farm Bureau Federation supports commercializing industrial hemp production and having it regulated by the Agriculture Department, instead of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
    Unlike the marijuana plant, hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient responsible for causing high-inducing effects.

    * See more at Des Moines Register, October, 28, 2016

    It is time for Iowa to join thirty-two (32) states that have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production? These states will be able to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Virginia.

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