Farm Bill removes industrial hemp as a controlled substance

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) — On December 12, Congress passed the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act, better known as the Farm Bill, it is set to make industrial hemp a booming business for the agriculture industry. The bill also takes industrial hemp out of the hands of law enforcement. The Farm Bill removes industrial helm as a controlled substance, but if you’re thinking about growing it here in Alabama not so fast. 

“CBD is cannabidiol that’s derived from industrial hemp, and our bodies produce a cannabidiol, but not enough,” Patsy Hasley said.

This legislation defines hemp as all parts of the plant less than 0.3% THC, including derivatives, extracts, and cannabinoids. Hemp is now deemed an agricultural commodity and is no longer classified as a controlled substance.

“A lot of costumers use it for pain relief, especially the water solubles or the pain cream,” Hasley said.

Alabama’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan says, the market for industrial hemp could soon change.

“I think the market will develop, particularly with the automobile manufacturing that we have going on here in Alabama, it is one of the key components in automobile manufacturing,” John McMillan said.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will work in consultation with the Governor’s office, the Attorney General’s office and law enforcement agencies to create a plan of action regarding statewide regulation. Upon approval from USDA, ADAI will administer permits for growing and processing.

“The state will have to submit to the USDA, they’ll have to approve it and then we will be able to start distributing seed in Alabama, and moving a head with production, I hope.” said McMillan.

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