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                          By Tami Van Gaal,   Two primary segments of the cannabis   Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of
                          CEA Division      arena,  medicinal  and  recreational  2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) opened the
                          Leader            marijuana crops,  receive  a  great deal   door for cultivation of industrial hemp on
                                            of attention from both mainstream and   a state by state basis, when grown as
                          Horticulture has   industry media. Thirty states currently   part of a research program associated
                          seen many trends   permit medicinal and/or recreational   with an institution of higher learning or
                          over the decades,   marijuana production, and regulations   state department of agriculture. Hemp
                          some  small  and   vary widely by state. While some states   is cannabis, but it’s different from
                          some large. As    have relatively open regulations (e.g.   marijuana. It all comes down  to THC
                          states come on
         board with programs allowing cannabis   CA, OR, WA, CO, MI and OK), many   content.  Cannabis sativa with greater
                                            states are more tightly regulated with
                                                                               than 0.3% THC by dry weight is defined
         production, the impact to horticulture   limited opportunities for traditional   as marijuana.  C. sativa with less than
         is incredible, affecting growers and   growers to enter. Additionally, marijuana   0.3% THC by dry weight is defined as
         suppliers in many ways. Many traditional   production under cover  (warehouse   hemp. Industrial hemp has a long history
         horticultural growers see these changes   and greenhouse) can be a costly   of use in fiber, textiles, animal feed and
         and welcome the opportunity to be a   endeavor for new builds and renovations.   more. The most recent interest, however,
         part of this new arena. The question is,   Fortunately for those with interest, there is   is for production of cannabidiol (CBD).
         "What is the best way for my business to   another way.               Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
         be involved?”

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