"It's better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right". ~ Mark Twain
On Thursday December 20, 2018, with a stroke of the presidential pen, hemp prohibition is over.
In last Thursday’s signing ceremony of the Farm Bill, hemp or Cannabis sativa with less than 0.3% THC, was officially removed from the nation’s list of controlled substances.
The Drug Enforcement Agency was compelled to surrender. Oversight of the US hemp industry now moves to the USDA and the individual states. The hemp provisions of the Act are effective immediately.
For a full reading of the changes affecting hemp in the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018”, click here
The end of hemp prohibition is arguably the most far-reaching opportunity in decades to affect family farms and rural communities. Not to mention the innovators and purveyors of food, fiber and medicinal products nationwide.
Hemp's bright future awaits. Hang on! It's going to be a wild ride...
Time To Right The Wrong
Most of us in "the industry" know the long tale of hardship that humble hemp has endured since the mid-20th century.
However, if hemp is a new area of interest for you, maybe you're wondering; Why on earth was hemp a Schedule 1 drug in the first place? Since no one. Ever. Got high on hemp.
Well for one thing, hemp wasn't criminalized overnight (we'll come back to that). It's taken 30 years of advocacy and education to overturn the eighty-one year old "mistake" that put a non-psychoactive plant on the nation's Most Wanted list of dangerous drugs
But first! Grab a chair, lean in close for just a few minutes while I share a tale...
...A tale that begins in antiquity. A tale infused with dark intrigue, heroes, villains, hope and redemption!
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I'm Netaka, friends call me Tak ("tock"). I write from Vermont and curate Tak About Hemp.