Kentucky Has Once Again Become The Heart Of American Hemp. Will More U.S. States Follow Suit?
Kentucky was once known for its hemp cultivation. Recently, it has claimed its place again. On the Ministry of Hemp Podcast, the host, Matt Baum, talks to Jim Higdon, an author, historian, journalist and owner of Cornbread Hemp. Some good news is here for the hemp cultivators from the USDA – hemp producers will no longer need to use a lab registered with the DEA to conduct the test for THC levels. When hemp made a comeback a few years ago, it felt as if it has no history. Higdon says hemp has a rich and useful history, even in Kentucky itself. He partnered with his cousin to create a brand and they have a working relationship with the Kentucky Organic Hemp Cooperative.
Kentucky’s last hemp crop grew in 1937, after which it became illegal to cultivate hemp. With alcohol becoming legal around that time, Higdon believes the authorities wanted to make something illegal and marijuana was next on the list. Sometime later, Hemp for Victory was established, a program where farmers were told to start growing hemp to help with the war efforts. Higdon believes that, in the future, Kentucky could become a boutique flower market. With regards to medical marijuana, it has passed the house, and many consider it due to Kentucky’s history of close association with the plant. He also says,
“We have to elect people who are knowledgeable and competent enough and brave enough to stand up for people who don’t want it fixed. There’s a number of ways to fix it.”
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