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Monday, May 26, 2014

Bringing Hemp Back: DEA & Feds Allow Kentucky to Experiment By Susanne Posel – May 26, 2014

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The State of Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is conducting a little experiment with hemp seeds to test their viability as an industrial crop.
Using 13 varieties, an estimated 286 pounds of hemp seeds were delivered via UPS truck to the KDA.
James Comer, commissioner for the KDA said: “The arrival of the seeds puts Kentucky at the forefront of efforts to reintroduce the long-banned crop in the United States. As this program grows, so too will opportunities for our farmers and jobs for all Kentuckians.”
Bruce Pratt, professor for Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is heading the experiment with 6 other universities who are participating in this “pilot project to gauge the crop’s potential.”
Three acres have been devoted to the project, provided by EKU.
Pratt said: “The key would be developing markets for the crop, which could lure processors to Kentucky. If we can get some of that competitive advantage being one of the first states to be able to develop this as a crop to attract those processors, it has potential. It’s not going to happen overnight. It will take several years to fully develop.”
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the state officials in the Kentucky government have granted EKU permission to test these different varieties of hemp.
Earlier this year, the DEA met with Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, wherein an accord was struck to “authorize the shipment of hemp seeds” to EKU.
Written into the latest farm bill , was permission for select states to “sponsor hemp research” without reclassification of the plant itself.
States now participating in this experiment are:
• Hawaii
• Indiana
• Nebraska
• Tennessee
• Utah
• Illinois
• South Carolina
• Kentucky
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Traditionally, hemp is an industrial crop that can be used to manufacture:
• Clothing
• Furnishings
• Textiles
• Mulch for animal bedding
• Oil-based paints
• Animal feed
• Fishing bait
• Biodegradable plastics
• Hempcrete (construction and insulation)
• Body-care products
• Paper products
• Rope
• Jewelry
• Health food
• Bio-fuel
In the early 1900s, hemp was a valuable industrial crop ; however incorrect association of hemp with marijuana is said to have led to the blocking of this plant from becoming a useful crop.
In 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act (MTA) imposed taxes on any person or company that produced or sold industrial cannabis, hemp or marijuana in what some have called an attempt to “destroy the US hemp industry”.
The MTA was supported and championed by Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst and the DuPont Family.
In 1998, hemp was hailed in a study as an eco-friendly way to reduce environmental impact by decreasing the use of land while producing needed products.
The hemp plant is said to require less pesticides; being called a carbon negative raw material.

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