Hemp is a non-psychoactive, renewable resource that can be used to make a wide variety of products including food, clothing, fuel, cannabidiol (CBD) oil, cosmetics, paper, plastic, and construction materials. However, there are laws that restrict the growth and distribution of this crop.
Kentucky is proud to be at the forefront of the industrial hemp industry. Authorized license holders and processors/handlers can grow, manufacture, and sell hemp and hemp related products. New laws are on the horizon, and many individuals are hoping to see hemp legalized on a federal scale in the future.
In this exciting yet mutable time, companies, farmers, and other interested parties should rely on a corporate attorney to help them navigate the new and changing hemp laws. Attorney William R. Noelker is an experienced corporate lawyer who can help businesses navigate state and federal hemp laws as well as the legal complexities of starting a hemp business.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with Mr. Noelker, please call 859-329-3992. William R. Noelker Attorney at Law, PLLC proudly serves Danville, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program
Industrial hemp plants including the seed, leaf, and floral materials are currently a Schedule I controlled substance under both state and federal law. The Schedule I classification makes it illegal to grow or handle hemp. However, there is a significant exception under the 2014 Farm Bill which allows for growth and distribution through state pilot programs.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is a statewide program that is authorized by Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. It allows those with licenses to grow, manufacture, and sell industrial hemp and related products. Hemp, unlike marijuana, does not possess enough THC to have psychoactive properties.
The 2014 Farm Bill provides this definition in section 7606: “The term ‘industrial hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis”.
It was never illegal to make or sell products with hemp in the United States, however the raw material had to be imported from other countries. Hemp has a reputation as a sustainable crop with a myriad of uses, and farmers in Kentucky are excited to grow it.
A Closer Look at the Kentucky Hemp Industry
Kentucky was once called the “Hemp Capital of the World”. Our state has a long history of growing hemp, and it still possess the rich and fertile conditions to do so in abundance. While hemp growth was placed on hold when it was lumped together with marijuana in legislation, it is now experiencing a revival.
Both the growth and use of industrial hemp are experiencing exponential growth in Kentucky. This surge brings a huge economic impact along with it. According to Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles, in 2017 alone, almost $17 million worth of Kentucky grown derived products were sold. The industrial hemp industry has promising economic potential.
Why You Need a Corporate Hemp Attorney
If you are in the hemp industry or looking to break in to the field, it is crucial to work with a corporate attorney like Mr. Noelker who can help you navigate the complex and ever-changing hemp laws. Hemp is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, so it is crucial to operate within the law.
Individuals who grow, handle, process, or market living industrial hemp or viable seeds and materials without the proper license can face serious legal penalties and fines. Additionally, there are hemp-derived products that are unlawful to manufacture, even with a license. These products include hemp cigarettes and hemp leaf or floral material teas.
Violating these and other regulations could lead to the termination of your license. Contact Mr. Noelker for help understanding the hemp laws and staying in accordance with them. Your initial consultation is free.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of the cannabis sativa plant. The main difference is that hemp contains almost undetectable amounts of THC, which is the compound that has an intoxicating effect when bred in significantly higher percentages. Hemp does not contain enough THC to have psychoactive effects.
Hemp plants are relatively easy to grow outdoors, and have been bred to possess strong fibers that can be used to create products. Hemp typically has higher concentrations of CBD, a non-intoxicating compound that is believed to have potential medical applications.
Schedule Your Hemp Law Consultation
Whether you own a thriving business in the hemp industry or you are looking to enter this rapidly growing field, you need an experienced attorney who can navigate the complex hemp laws. Contact knowledgeable corporate attorney William Noelker today at 859-329-3992. Mr. Noelker represents clients in Danville, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Kentucky.