For the 2020 growing season, Pennsylvania has 510 farms growing approximately 3,000 acres of hemp. Every hemp lot in Pennsylvania is required to be sampled and tested to show a THC level at or below 0.3%. Anything above that level is considered marijuana.
Julia Meissner was hoping this year would be better than the last.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved hemp regulatory plans for Maine, Missouri and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians on Wednesday.
The Portuguese government published on August 4th the Decree No. 02/2020 which will allow the cultivation and industrial exploitation of hemp varieties all across the country.
Farmers will be required to grow at least 1,000 plants on a minimum of a quarter acre, according to Ohio Department of Agriculture regulations approved in December. In addition, farmers will have to pay a proposed $100 application fee to be licensed to grow hemp and an additional $500 fee for each growing location.
The US defines industrial hemp as cannabis sativa plants containing 0.3% or less THC. Any higher than that, so to speak, and the plants are considered marijuana, which is federally outlawed. Before 2015, hemp was virtually nonexistent in terms of US agriculture, because the Controlled Substances Act lumped it along with all cannabis plants (also known as marijuana) in 1970 as a Schedule I substance with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
In November 2018 the Home Office guidance said UK farmers could not harvest hemp flowers for cannabis oil, or CBD, but could continue to grow seed and stalk.