Laws regarding cannabis are changing frequently. For instance, Tennessee farmers are thinking to take industrial hemp to next level since its agricultural department has reformed its hemp program.
The hemp program started in 2015 where farmers have grown and made research over the crop in the state. The hemp market and governmental laws have reformed in the recent times. Moreover, there has been an update about the plan rules in terms of consistency with management methods of the programs.
Application process for cannabis cultivation
Hemp cultivators can now apply for a yearly cultivation license for hemp within the applying period of three months.
These hemp cultivators can apply whenever they like because of the recent reforms in the program. However, a hemp cultivator will have to acquire a license to grow hemp in the state of Tennessee.
People in the United States considered hemp as a staple since its independence. Hemp has had its applications in many industrial areas. This includes vicinities like textile, medicines, and others.
The US government approved the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 that barred the production, distribution and the possession of the entire cannabis plant family. The act did not differentiate between marijuana and hemp, therefore including all variety under the same tree.
Industrial hemp is regarded as the agricultural crop for fiber and grain. In addition, hemp fiber has found its implications in the textile industry, construction industry, paper and biofuel industry. Furthermore, it has found its uses in animal bedding, mulch and other industrial products.
Hemp seed has its uses in the food and feeding industry. Moreover, manufacturers use this oil from extraction for personal care products and industrial products. This includes solutions like solvents, lubricants and paints.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has approved over three thousand hemp cultivators this year in comparison to the 226 hemp cultivator applications in 2018. According to some suggestions, this might be a tactic to replace tobacco that was a major income for small farmers some time ago.
However, there is a state of confusion and misinformation regarding hemp specifically in terms of regulation and terminology.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse implies that marijuana is the dried portion (leaf, flower, stem, seed) of cannabis. The cannabis plant contains a psychoactive compound THC that causes intoxication in the consumer. Manufacturers can also derive other products from the cannabis plant.
However, most of the health care products containing cannabis include products like hemp oil and CBD oil. Distributors sell them for their individualistic healing properties. Each product comes with its own benefits.
Currently in Tennessee, one can not cultivate and possess cannabis. Therefore, using cannabis for either medicinal or recreational purposes is illegal. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has reported only one registered hemp cultivator in the state.
With the reform of cannabis law on the state level, there is hope of progress in the cannabis production and distribution sector. More farmers will be legally cultivating the substance through the application process of three months.