A bipartisan legislative movement toward legalizing the growing of industrial hemp is finally on the rise. Last week, the Vermont General Assembly voted to lift a state statute that banned the growing of industrial hemp. While this, if enacted, would allow Vermont farmers to grow hemp under state law, it is still illegal under federal law. This last hurdle could be confronted, as some Congressional lawmakers are about to introduce legislation legalizing the growing of industrial hemp.
Hemp is an amazingly versatile plant with thousands of uses — none of which are remotely mind-altering. It can be used in paper, food, carpeting, home furnishings, construction materials, auto parts, textiles and even as an alternative fuel source.