Why can’t American’s grow hemp like the rest of the world?
The answer, unfortunately, is still (sort of) a mystery. While other countries are enjoying the production of hemp and reaping the rewards, the US ban on growing hemp remains in place. We can import hemp, but not grow it? We import a great deal of hemp directly from our northern neighbors in Canada, and they certainly aren’t complaining. Canada’s hemp industry is booming!
Canada, France, China, Russia, and the UK all allow their farming communities to grow industrial hemp, regardless of their individual anti-hemp regulations. China is the top producer of hemp growing approximately 80% of the global hemp volume.
In June of 2012, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill to repeal the ban on growing industrial hemp in the US. Mr Wyden understands that hemp means jobs for the states. Hopefully our political system will listen to reason, as the public approves.