Challenges of Revitalizing Hemp

For states which define hemp (< 0.3% THC) as distinct from marijuana, the USA Agriculture Act of 2014 which is found under US Law at 7 USC §5940 et seq allows departments of agriculture or universities to cultivate hemp as part of a research pilot program. As of 2017, at least 39 US universities and dozens of researchers have begun studying hemp, yet guidance on top research priorities are lacking.

Industrial Hemp in North America: Production, Politics and Potential

Most of the Western World banned the cultivation of Cannabis sativa in the early 20th century because biotypes high in ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the principal intoxicant cannabinoid) are the source of marijuana. Nevertheless, since 1990, dozens of countries have authorized the licensed growth and processing of “industrial hemp” (cultivars with quite low levels of THC).