Vermont “Industrial Hemp” Becomes “Hemp”

Vermont “Industrial Hemp” Becomes “Hemp”

The Bill would change the requirements for hemp production in Vermont, which has not yet been put into action since 2008 due to federal ban on the crop cultivation.

The law of 2008 says that Vermont farmers can cultivate hemp “when federal regulations permit”. The Senate Bill 157 will remove this phrase.

Vermont farmers may get licenses for hemp cultivation from the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, but they must be informed that “the cultivation of hemp may be in violation the federal Controlled Substances Act”.

Farmers must understand they will grow hemp in violation of federal law. And it means they can meet with criminal penalties, loss of federal agriculture benefits such as loans, insurance, etc.

The bill also requires referring to the crop as “hemp” instead of “industrial hemp”.

According to the Bill, the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will be authorized to issue licenses for hemp cultivation.

There are ten states in the United States of America where industrial hemp cultivation is legal. But none of these states started to grow.

You can legally buy hemp products in the United States, but you should know that the hemp itself was imported from such countries as Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine, where industrial hemp is produced.