Roughly around this time last year Tennessee passed legalization to allow for the cultivating of industrial hemp in Tennessee, and farmers who signed up to participate are currently able to move onward with growing hemp.
Just this past week U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was in favor of the DEA’s result to approve the Tennessee’s application to import certified industrial hemp seeds for research purposes.
The Drug Enforcement Administration recent conclusion follows months of the agency dragging its feet, persuading some advocate investors to wonder if Tennessee would make moves against the DEA, as done by it’s neighboring state Kentucky in a situation that involved hemp production.
The Bluegrass State’s Agriculture Department filed a lawsuit this past year looking to release imported hemp seeds that the federal government has confiscated. The suit was filed against the DEA, among other entities.
At last Tennessee is no longer being held up by the DEA to move forward. The DEA had asked state officials for more info on planned uses for hemp crop prior to issuing seed import permit. If you do not have this permit, the seeds could be seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The production of industrial hemp is legal in about 19 states and the Farm Bill enables those states to investigate further with hemp. The possibility of hemp revamping the farming industry in Tennessee is not lost on farmers or investor’s, all of whom are keeping the eyes on how the pilot program will take shape in Tennessee.

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