Here’s some of what lawmakers accomplished

Despite a warning that it was a Trojan Horse, lawmakers passed a bill to allow farmers to honor a practice first tried in Nebraska in 1887, growing hemp.

More than 40 years ago I wrote about a Panhandle farmer who still had the government contracts for growing Hemp during WWII. It’s not a new thing and just might be the right thing to boost a struggling agricultural economy that has been hammered by low commodity prices, tariffs and weather-related disaster.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp by removing it from the federal Controlled Substances Act. States that wish to regulate hemp production first must submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval. As passed, LB657requires the state Department of Agriculture to establish, operate and administer a program to license and regulate those who cultivate, process, handle or broker hemp, defined as cannabis with no more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s main psychoactive compound.

 

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