The United States has had complex relationships with hemp. Politicians such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became an unlikely ally in removing hemp from the Schedule I controlled substances list. Recently education about hemp as an agricultural product has begun to shift people’s attitudes towards hemp and allowed it to separate from cannabis. Most importantly states that are commonly conservative have realized the opportunity for struggling farmers who can now grow a crop that allows multiple harvests in a year, has a stronger resistance to pesticides, and is a comparatively easier product to grow. Hemp is a diverse and renewable products that has seen both industry and political pressure over the years but now is finally being correctly categorized and is a new opportunity for a often struggling agriculture sector.
US Hemp Roundtable: https://hempsupporter.com/
US Hemp Authority: https://www.ushempauthority.org/
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