What is Hemp?
Hemp plants grow wild all over the planet and have been used by humans for medicinal purposes for at least the last 5,000 years. Hemp is the non-psychoactive variety of Cannabis sativa L, meaning there is no ‘high’ associated with its use. Other strains of cannabis that are psychoactive are considered to be “marijuana,” which has more than .3% of THC.
In Tennessee, state regulators check all hemp plants cultivated by our licensed growers before harvest so the crops can be certified as having less than the .3% THC threshold. This marks the crops as hemp, not marijuana, which is still illegal in some states, Tennessee included. The entire process is encouraged and regulated by the state.
Also known as Industrial Hemp, the domesticated plant has uses in over 10,000 products, including rope, canvas, clothing, paper, fuel, fiberglass, brick, lubricants, but it is best known today for its healing properties in people and animals.
Hemp in Tennessee
From the Tennessee Departure of Agriculture website:
In 2014, The 108th General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 916 regarding the growing of industrial hemp in Tennessee.
The Act removed industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the criminal code. The cultivation of industrial hemp is now available as an option for Tennessee farmers on a limited basis.
The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has promulgated regulations establishing a program of licensing authorized hemp producers.
As TDA develops Tennessee’s industrial hemp program every effort will be made to minimize the impact of federal law on potential hemp producers in Tennessee. In May of 2016 the law was amended to allow for a processor license.