The Hawai‘i House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill legalizing the growing, processing, and sale of industrial hemp in Hawai‘i.
The nation’s marijuana regulator has told financial institutions to treat the $500 million hemp businesses the same way they would any other businesses.
Last month, Volteface launched its most recent reform campaign, to allow British hemp farmers to benefit from the ever-growing CBD market. Most people, who have never looked into cultivating hemp, probably don’t realise the severity of the restrictions placed on the industry. So, we are outlining current UK hemp legislation and what this means to the industry.
Hemp legalization under the 2018 Farm Bill unleashed unexpected markets for the crop. One unexpected market: people are consuming hemp the way they often consume its higher THC cannabis cousin—by smoking it.
The state’s growers are sitting on a pile of surplus from the 2019 season, while they desperately wait for rules to guide the industry going forward.
The British hemp industry is expanding into a new frontier. We have a choice about the kind of world we want to live in: a world of endless, environmentally destructive consumption, or a world where consumption doesn’t overwhelm the ecosystem. The agricultural sector is one of the guiltiest parties contributing to climate change, emitting almost 25% of the world’s carbon. As the atmosphere traps more and more heat, the resulting changes in our ecosystems affect our ability to grow key life sustaining crops. The way we produce our raw materials does not need to pose a threat to our planet’s wellbeing.
Given the explosion of CBD popularity, you would be forgiven for thinking that UK Hemp farmers are now driving around in new Ferraris and holidaying in the Caribbean. However, the UK Hemp industry is still widely seen as being “not financially viable”. This is because farmers are only allowed to harvest the seeds and the fibre of the low-THC cannabis plant.