16 Jun '12, 2pm

Could the Farm Bill Legalize Growing Hemp in the U.S.?

Could the Farm Bill Legalize Growing Hemp in the U.S.?

If you had told me that I’d be talking passionately about the 2012 Farm Bill on a crafting website, I would have never believed it, but a recent proposed amendment to the monster bill could have a big impact for green crafters by making it legal to grow hemp in the U.S. But will it pass? Wait….what? That’s right! It’s legal to import hemp products – including hemp fabric and clothing – but growing hemp is illegal in the United States. Farmers have been fighting for decades to legalize this cash crop, and I was totally thrilled earlier this week when Raw Story reported on a late addition to the Farm Bill that could do just that . What is hemp? Hemp is kind of a wonder plant. It requires little water and few pesticides to grow (unlike a certain other fiber that I will not name…cough…cotton…cough ). Hemp fabric is strong and versatile. It actually gets stronger with wear and ...

Full article: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2012/06/16/is-hemp-legal/

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