The future of the hemp industry is looking bright in Idaho as officials recently approved a plan for growing and transporting hemp.
U.S. News reported this week that “the Idaho State Department of Agriculture received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture following a new Idaho law approved earlier this year.” As a result of this approval, online license applications will be available from next week. The Idaho State Department anticipates a quick response from applicants.
This is a really positive development and as organic hemp growers in California with a passion for this crop and all that can be done with it, we’re pleased to see that farmers in Idaho will soon be able to get in on the action of this blossoming sector. However, as always with developments in the legislation relating to hemp, cannabis and CBD products, the new situation is not quite as simple as it first sounds.
As U.S. News explained: “The new law covers growing and transporting the crops but doesn’t allow selling to Idaho consumers hemp products containing any amount of THC.” So, once again, it’s clear progress, but there’s still a way to go yet.
Meanwhile, American Indian tribes are also getting involved in the ever-growing cannabis industry. Hemp Industry Daily reported that: “Three American Indian tribes – the Mohawk Nation and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes – announced this fall an agreement to dedicate 500,000 acres of land to cannabis cultivation.” This move comes as part of a trend that sees American Indian communities collaborating and taking inspiration from their ancestors and the tribal medicines they once used.
It’s fantastic to see this shift taking place for so many reasons. You have the alliance of tribes leading to a wealth of combined resources and expertise; and then you also have Native American communities taking a more prominent position in the national social and economic picture.
Perhaps most profoundly of all, though, from the perspective of natural hemp farmers and growers like us, what you have here is a relatively unexplored angle on hemp. We’ve written before about the difficulty of changing the mindset of a nation and the stubbornness of received ideas; some of the negative cultural associations that go with hemp and cannabis are a major obstacle for the industry. Here, in Native American tribal medicine and culture, you have a positive, authentic context in which to place hemp and from which to understand it as something that can be used to enhance our lives.
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