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A Brief History Of American Hemp

Farmers have an opportunity in 2019 that hasn’t been available to us since 1937. The President of the United States of America signed the Agriculture Improvement act of 2018. This allows farmers to apply for a license in their state to produce and manufacture hemp. The bill also allows the sale, transport and possession of hemp derived products. The limitation being the products produced must be consistent with the law.[1] Under the law hemp is classified as anything that is less than 0.3% THC; anything with a THC content higher than 0.3% is classified as marijuana. [2]

In 1937 under the Marijuana Tax Act all forms of cannabis plants were made illegal. In 1970 all cannabis plants were scheduled under the Controlled Substance Act as a schedule one narcotic.[3] This came after a man and his family tried to go on vacation while possessing hemp flower in the form of hemp cigarettes. The man was arrested and on trial was found not guilty by pleading the fifth. After this trial the US government found it necessary to incriminate any persons possessing cannabis plants regardless of use.

During this time period there was not enough science and research around Cannabis Sativa to allow for the understanding we have of the plant today. Cannabis is a broad term that can be broken down into smaller classification to determine if the cannabis plant is Hemp or Marijuana. If we reach back to our biology lessons from high school, we know that all living organisms belong to classification. This classification is broken down into ranks such as Kingdom, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. Hemp and Marijuana all belong to the Kingdom Plantae; Class Dicotyledon; Order Urticales; Family Cannabacea. [4] The Genus Hemp produces a species Marijuana, and this occurs naturally when the flowers from the Hemp plant are pollinated.

 Science has allowed us to research the genetic makeup of the cannabis plant and we have found that certain genetic makeups provide us with a plant that produces less than 0.3% THC. Cultivators have been working for decades to bring a consistent product to farmers across the country. Trilogene Seeds provides Michigan Hemp Solutions with high quality CBD genetics. The breeders and cultivators from Trilogene have cultivated to perfection strains of CBD rich cannabis seeds. It is our goal here at Michigan Hemp Solutions to provide our customer base with products they can rely on to be high quality and grown with care.

CBD Hemp grown on a small family farm Soil Friends LLC, processed and cured by Michigan Hemp Solutions LLC

[1] https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/12/14/the-farm-bill-hemp-and-cbd-explainer/

[2] https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-11472-493396–,00.html

[3] https://www.cbp.gov/about/history/did-you-know/marijuana

[4] https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CASA3

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