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"Section 7606: The Secret to Legal Hemp"

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about hemp and whether it is legal. The answer is, yes. Yes, it is. According to the 2014 Farm Bill (also known as the Agricultural Act of 2014) signed by Barack Obama, industrial hemp can be grow in any state where a agricultural pilot progam has been enacted.There are certain conditions for growing industrial hemp in these states, and it is also legal to ship hemp products to 48 states per the Aproprations Act of 2016 sec 763. Here’s a quick rundown of the law and specifically Section 7606 and Sec 763, which you can read yourself  here.

Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill

The Farm Bill was directed at agriculture of all types in the United States, and also contains Section 7606, which originally allowed for universities and state agriculture departments in the country to begin industrial hemp cultivation for “limited purposes.” The two rules for cultivating industrial hemp in the U.S. are: the industrial hemp must be cultivated for research purposes (usually within a university’s agriculture program or as agricultural research). For instance, Green Lotus Hemp partners with two well-known Texas Universities for industrial hemp research. Although the hemp used by Green Lotus Hemp for its oil is grown in Colorado , Green Lotus conducts research on the growth and cultivation of hemp in its contract fields in Colorado and conducts economic and marketing and even cancer research in Texas with its partners. You can find the “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp” here in the Federal Register, which is the daily journal of United States government activities. Here is the straight poop on legal industrial hemp cultivation from the register:

Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 legalized the growing and cultivating of industrial hemp for research purposes in States where such growth and cultivation is legal under State law, notwithstanding existing Federal statutes that would otherwise criminalize such conduct. The statutorily sanctioned conduct, however, was limited to growth and cultivation by an institution of higher education or State department of agriculture for purposes of agricultural or other academic research or under the auspices of a State agricultural pilot program for the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp.

And there you have it, straight from the Federal Register, the USDA, and the DEA; its legal to grow industrial hemp in a research capacity in the U.S.

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

In addition to Section 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 was introduced in January of 2015, which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana if it had .3% or less THC. Did you get that? THIS is the important bill we need to be worried about right now; not the DEA’s recent trifling mention of CBD. If this bill (S. 134) passes, anyone in any hemp state could farm or process low-CBD hemp and be completely protected under both the Farm Bill and the Controlled Substances Act itself. The actual text of the bill would state: “The term ‘marihuana’ does not include industrial hemp.” It’s time to change the Controlled Substances Act to reflect the true nature of low-CBD hemp in the U.S. – keep your eye out for this bill and tell your senators you support it.

What is Industrial Hemp Used For?

Hemp, as you may be aware, is useful for the creation of many different products. They include fibers, textiles, cosmetic products, paper, animal feed, construction materials, insulation materials, food, beverages, nutritional products, and pure hemp CBD oil like that created for Green Lotus Hemp and its clients. In fact, over 25,000 products are created in using industrial hemp across nine different markets: personal care, furniture, food/nutrition/beverages, paper, agriculture, textiles, recycling, automotive, and construction materials. Hemp’s long and storied history in the world can give us an idea of all the ways in which hemp has and will help our civilization be more environmentally-minded and more concentrated on the natural balance of health within our bodies.

What States Allow Legal Industrial Hemp Farming?

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) noted that, under Section 7606 of the Farm Bill, cultivation of industrial hemp in conjunction with a research agricultural pilot program at a university is legal. Hemp CBD oil made from this low-CBD hemp oil is also legal. This hemp must be .3% THC or lower, just like the hemp used to create oil from Green Lotus Hemp. The NCSL found that at least 20 states have allowed for industrial hemp research or pilot programs administered by higher education institutions like universities and colleges. Some states have unique goals for their programs, such as Colorado (industrial applications and new seed strain development), Kentucky (environmental benefits of hemp – use as an energy source or biofuel), and North Carolina (soil conservation and restoration using hemp). The possibilities are endless, and hemp is a very beneficial plant for the environment, people, and humans. There are currently 30 states that allow legal industrial hemp farming:

  1. Alabama
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Delaware
  6. Hawaii
  7. Illinois
  8. Indiana
  9. Kentucky
  10. Maine
  11. Maryland
  12. Michigan
  13. Minnesota
  14. Montana
  15. Nebraska
  16. Nevada
  17. New Hampshire
  18. New York
  19. North Carolina
  20. North Dakota
  21. Oregon
  22. Pennsylvania
  23. Rhode Island
  24. South Carolina
  25. Tennessee
  26. Utah
  27. Vermont
  28. Virginia
  29. Washington
  30. West Virginia

If you live in one of these states, you can farm industrial hemp under that state’s regulations legally. If you don’t, or don’t have the time, capacity, ability, or farm land to do so, you can still reap the benefits of legal hemp CBD oil. Happy farming, if you do, though! Consider yourself informed.

Julie K Godard

About Julie Godard:

Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.


 Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of GLH products are sold as nutritional supplements, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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