Oklahoma is getting ready for commercial hemp farming!
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a legislation bill establishing guidelines for producing commercial hemp in the state. This came amidst the growing enthusiasm of farmers, entrepreneurs and companies to start engaging in the cannabis business.
The bill mainly states the role of the Department of Agriculture in developing and managing operations involved in the hemp production program incognizant to the 2018 Farm Bill.
The bill received bipartisan support granted by the House and Senate, as well as officials saying that the rules should make sure that Oklahoma’s plans are in accordance to the planting of industrial hemp in the 2020 crop year.
This development came on the heels of a recent report stating the interest of Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry to invest in Oklahoma in the commercial production of industrial hemp.
Under SB 868, The Department of Agriculture will lead and administer the hemp production program following what is stipulated in the 2018 Farm Bill. The move to cultivate farmlands in Oklahoma for hemp production is a ‘critical step’ elevating Oklahoma’s status from being a participant in the current pilot program of the government to a new era of commercial hemp production.
Hemp Inc is looking forward to establishing a local processing center in Oklahoma, as well as training farmers, equipping them with the right knowledge in growing the crop. Hemp production is like a dream-come-true for farmers who have been urging public officials to implement ways that can invigorate local farming.
Last year, President Donal Trump legalized hemp identifying it as a plant that is identical to marijuana but does not contain THC, a psychoactive compound responsible for the ‘high’ in recreational marijuana. This agreement was done officially through bipartisan Farm Bill last December.
To date, ten states have made marijuana for recreational use, while 33 states made medical marijuana legal.
Michigan is the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Utah and Missouri, on the other hand, gave a go signal for medical marijuana. Oklahoma voted to legalize marijuana together with other states.
Vermont also legalized marijuana through its Legislature and not through a ballot initiative.
Marijuana has been prohibited for 80 years now with the government stipulating and implementing strict rules concerning the banning of sales, cultivation, and use of the plant. It was only until very recently, in 2016 when federal laws legalizing it were proposed.
Statistics said that some 62% of Americans and 74% of millennials supported legalizing marijuana.
Canada moved forward in their intention to legalize marijuana federally since October last year. It is a milestone for them being considered the first G7 country to legalize the plant. Meanwhile, Mexico, with its new leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador, followed Canada’s stance in legalizing marijuana federally with its Supreme Court ruling out that its prohibition is unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, New Hampshire draws attention with its ambiguous and debatable rules in marijuana acceptance. The state is said to have initiated cannabis crackdowns while implementing laws signifying its marijuana acceptance. Currently, lawmakers are cooking House Bill 481, a bill legalizing marijuana in the state, but with many limitations. It was said that Gov. Chris Sununu will most likely veto the bill.
The state is currently scheduling an annual 420 smoke-in at the State House in Concord. The code ‘420’ stands for marijuana, a hot topic of debate in the state.
Other states to legalize recreational marijuana include Maine and Massachusetts, states that allow it for people age 21 and older. Only Massachusetts has stores that sell recreational hemp. One should also consume cannabis in the state where it came from, and should not be brought across any state line.