Idaho will get OK to license farmers to develop and transport hemp

November 2, 2021 11:37 AM

Posted on November 2, 2021 11:37 am

Matt Slocum

Ashley Walsh, founder of the Pocono Organics farm, holds a hemp plant used for research on the farm adjacent to the Pocono Raceway, Friday June 25, 2021 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The 380-acre farm is the title sponsor of Saturday’s NASCAR auto race, The Pocono Organics CBD 325, the first ever CBD-sponsored cup race.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – US officials have approved Idaho’s plan to grow and transport hemp containing up to 0.3% THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it had received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after passing a new Idaho bill earlier this year. The agency said it would open online license applications for hemp growing on Monday.

However, the new law does not allow hemp products containing THC to be sold to Idaho consumers.

The bill was a compromise effort after Idaho lawmakers failed to pass a hemp bill for several years. Some lawmakers feared that legalizing the sale of hemp products to THC-containing consumers could make it harder to enforce state marijuana laws.

Proponents of the new law said the state’s climate is ideal for growing hemp, and farmers could sell hemp seeds and a hemp-derived extract called cannabidiol, or CBD, which is viewed by many as a health aid.

Idaho was the last state to legalize the cultivation and transportation of hemp under the Agriculture Act of 2018, which legalized hemp production at the federal level.

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