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Coming Soon: New Hampshire-Grown Hemp!

The governing law is the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. 

Is it hard to get a license to grow hemp?

There is a simple application for a program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”). Applicants have to furnish a current FBI criminal record check.  There are a lot of rules to follow to keep a hemp license. Licensed hemp farmers must closely adhere to the USDA’s “final rule” titled “Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program.” One of the requirements is that the hemp crop must be tested at specific intervals before harvest – and contain no more than .3% total delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as delta-9 THC). USDA licensed hemp growers are subject to strict requirements on defining and reporting exactly where they grow hemp, called a “plot.” Every hemp plot must be on file with the local county USDA Farm Service Area office.  An official identification number for each growing location, or “plot” is associated with the grower’s license number.  Legal hemp growers are subject to annual inspections and audits administered by the USDA on a random basis. Obviously, an important goal of the USDA’s hemp program is to keep out growers who would use a hemp growing license as cover for an illegal marijuana grow operation.

 

Can a person get high smoking hemp?

While hemp has many historical uses, including fiber for rope, smoking hemp has only become “a thing” in recent years. A naturally occurring chemical within the plant called Cannabidiol (CBD) is the reason. Smoking (or cooking with) hemp flower or “bud” from specially selected strains of hemp with high CBD is increasingly popular. With THC content of .03% or less, it would be very difficult (and maybe impossible) to  become “high” or “stoned” by smoking (or ingesting) hemp.

If smoking hemp flowers doesn’t result in a high, why would anyone do it?

 They smoke CBD/hemp in pursuit of CBD’s purported health benefits – instead of chasing a “high.”