Hemp moves ahead
Posted: Friday, January 30, 2015 8:41 am
By JACOB GEIGER
Richmond Times-Dispatch Hemp moves ahead
Joni Lane, with the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, shows off a block of hemp and also her skirt made from hemp to Del. Joseph R. Yost, R-Giles, left, as she address, the House Agriculture Chesapeake, and Natural Resources committee at the General Assembly Building in Richmond, VA Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Yost’s bill, HB1277, allowing for production of industrial hemp, later passed the committee.
The House of Delegates could hold a final vote Monday on industrial hemp. Virginia farmers in the distant past were required to grow the product. But in this century is has been outlawed as part of the war on drugs. The measure before the house would legalize it for growth.
By Lisa Autry Originally published December 2014 The application window is now open for Kentucky farmers and processors who want to grow hemp for research in 2015. Several Kentucky universities, including WKU, grew hemp this year for the first time in decades. The application deadline for the next round is January 1.
“Last spring the DEA wasted precious taxpayer resources when it confiscated a shipment of hemp seeds intended for a pilot project in Kentucky,” Massie said in a Vote Hemp release. “By defunding further DEA interference, this amendment saves taxpayer dollars and gives states and research institutions the freedom to pursue hemp pilot programs.”