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Seventeen States Are Flat-Out Ignoring Federal Hemp Laws and Markets Are Thriving

• by Michael Maharrey

But this hasn't stopped more than a dozen states from developing commercial hemp markets anyway. They've simply ignored the federal laws, nullifying prohibition in effect within their borders.

Seventeen states specifically authorize and license commercial hemp production despite federal prohibition, and many other states allow commercial cultivation despite paying lip-service to federal law.


In 2014, Congress cracked the door open for hemp in the U.S. with an amendment to the 2014 Farm Bill. The law allows hemp cultivation for research purposes, but prohibits "commercial" production.

The "hemp amendment" in the 2014 farm bill—

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