Organic Hemp Farming

There is a big problem within the United States Federal Government because of hemp and its classification as a controlled substance. Although it has no euphoric or addictive side effects, the federal government considers it to be an illegal drug. Current policy aligns fiber and oilseed varieties of hemp closely with marijuana, another common recreational drug. But is hemp really that dangerous?

The United States Government maintains that it should not be considered "cannabis" in the same manner as cocaine or heroin are illegal drugs. However, the Controlled Substances Act of Marijuana also refers to cannabis. Additionally, in order for cannabis at to have any sort of accepted labeling, it must contain a valid medicinal purpose. Therefore, most varieties of industrial hemp are not grown specifically for medical purposes. In fact, it is currently grown more for its unique resale value than anything else.

Currently, the United States Federal Government does not view organic, industrial hemp production as an illegal act. However, the local and state governments do not have the power to prohibit the production of the plant. If hemp were to be outlawed, the farmers who depended on it for their livelihood would no longer be able to continue. Additionally, the hemp industry indirectly supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States. Read more about cannabis at

A large debate within the medical community is regarding the adverse effects of eating crops that have been genetically modified. Because of this concern, many organic farmers have moved to breed their own plants in order to avoid the use of pesticides and herbicides. However, many farmers who do utilize these chemicals and herbicides run into problems with regulating their uses once the crops have been harvested. Some companies have developed crops that will not produce chemical residues. However, the producers of these "organic" crops are still required to test the crop for psychoactive effects before it is sold. When a farmer gathers the data on the psychoactive properties of a certain variety of hemp seed, he or she must report back to the company testing the crop.

Many farmers in the United States are not interested in further expanding their organic hemp cultivation because they fear that they may be arrested for possession of cannabis at if they grow the crop on public property. This is primarily due to the fact that the federal government has yet to announce any type of national hemp legislation. Local authorities usually maintain a zero tolerance policy with regard to cannabis possession on public property. However, hemp farmers are aware that police officers have been known to confiscate private cannabis crops on public property. The only way for hemp cultivators to avoid having their crops confiscated is to grow their crops in compliance with local agricultural zoning ordinances.

Today, there are several organizations attempting to profit off of farmers who are engaged in organic hemp cultivation. The National Hemp Association markets an annual National Organic Hemp Festival in Las Vegas. One such company, Green Mountain Hausaics, green markets products made from hemp seed, such as nutritional bars and ice cream scoops. However, other companies have decided to go the middle way by marketing "fair trade" hemp products, such as clothing that is made from certified organic hemp fabric.

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