Earlier this week governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts signed a bill making industrial hemp products legal in the region. These legal products would include cannabidiol and CBD products.
The Nebraska Hemp farming bill helped to establish the state law with the federal law. Even though back in 2018 the Hemp farming bill did legalize certain cannabis products, the Nebraskan Bill has the specific aim of Hemp cultivation. It allows farmers the opportunity to grow and cultivate Hemp as an alternative crop.
The bill did face certain opposition, yet it managed to pass with a whopping 91% positive votes.
More about the Nebraska Hemp Bill
While the governor Ricketts was hesitant to sign the bill at first, the unanimous decision was passed to approve it. The US Congress has made it legal to grow certain species of the cannabis plant. While some senators argued that legalizing hemp products could be a gateway to higher consumption of marijuana for recreational users.
One of the senators argued ‘The hemp bill’s a Trojan horse bill for marijuana,” he said. “If you don’t want your children or grandchildren getting easy access to drugs, because that’s what this is, don’t vote for this bill’. Although that argument slowly died down.
This is due to the farm bill creating parameters for Hemp production and retail. Only the products containing less than 0.3% of THC would be allowed to go through approval. THC classifies as the psychoactive element of marijuana. In addition to this, the government will also keep strict control over the transport of Hemp. People involved in production processes will have to declare its source and the site it is being delivered to.
This Bill will also help open a gateway to many commercial hemp activities, uses, research, and development. The farmers and cultivators are likely to benefit from it the most. It will also open up newer avenues for the retail of CBD products all across the United States.
What do the new regulations include?
Farmers will go through a proper procedure of licensing and fee requirements. All these requirements will come under the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. They aim to create a Hemp checkoff program for those farmers who wish to cultivate Hemp.
All crops grown will undergo sampling and testing regularly; before hitting the market. This is to make sure that all crops are under the legal dosage of less than 0.3% THC. Only then the raw material will be shipped to secondary producers. In addition to this, the farmers will have to register the crop with a GPS location for convenient tracking and record.
The department of agriculture will also collaborate with the Nebraska state petrol to keep track of all shipments from farming sites. This is to regulate substances and any possibility of smuggling drugs disguised as Hemp.
Nebraska to share the Cannabis Success via Hemp Bill
While the Farm Bill was a game changer for the Hemp Industry, the state laws still need an alignment with the Federal law. Omaha Senator, Justin Wayne introduced the bill. Most other senators, including Gov. Ricketts, were skeptical about the outcomes. However, Wayne urged that the Cannabis Industry is something that should be on Nebraska’s socio-political agenda.
He stated that the Hemp wave was coming one way or the other. It will be beneficial for the local entrepreneurs and businessman to keep up with the coming boom rather than their state laws inhibiting that growth. This bill will push local industries to thrive even more. The state laws will support businesses, investments, and expansions.
While most hemp retailers still have certain leverage in the market for processed and semi-processed groups. The cultivators will now be allowed to grow a lot more species and benefit from it. The Hemp fiber industry is extremely valuable and thriving. It competes to replace synthetic fibers.
The Green gold Revolution
Growing Hemp is much eco-friendlier than producing necessary goods via unsustainable means. Production of synthetic fibers, plastic, and everything more does require environmental degradation. While on the other hand, the Cannabis Plant can grow without the use of Pesticides, insecticides, and grow relatively fast.
It produces over 25,000 Byproducts and is extremely beneficial to the economy and the farmers who choose to cultivate it. After the Nebraska Bill, the Hemp industry can provide more employment, sustainable economic growth, and a green revolution.
The farm bill ensures the regulations and control aspect. That is to maintain the legal standard of 0.3% THC level in all CBD products.This law will allow the legal and healthy growth of Marijuana throughout the economy.