BOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that will make hemp legal in the state.
Republican Rep. Dorothy Moon tells the Idaho Press that will align Idaho with federal law.
Lawmakers begin meeting Monday. Previous attempts to legalize hemp have failed over concerns it could be used to hide marijuana.
Hemp was banned across the country because of its relation to marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill allowed for industrial hemp production nationwide. Each state was then in charge of their own regulation, and now more than 30 states allow hemp farming.
Allowing industrial hemp to be farmed provides for the production of a variety of products like textiles, rope, biodegradable plastic and the supplement cannabidiol known as CBD oil. Cultivators must demonstrate the product they grow contains less than 0.3 percent THC – the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets users high.
In its purified distilled form, CBD oil commands thousands of dollars per kilogram, and farmers could make more than $100,000 an acre growing hemp plants to produce it, officials say.
Source: idaho news