New York growing hemp for first time in 80 years

Madison County, just east of Syracuse, New York, is home to the first legal industrial hemp crop in the state in 80 years.

And thanks to a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the cultivators will be allowed to sell it under an existing pilot program, according to the Journal News.

The bill was necessary because the 2014 law that launched the current hemp crop allowed farmers and universities to grow the plant only for research purposes.

JD Farms, which is working hand-in-hand with Morrisville State College on the project, is ready to start talking to companies interested in purchasing its harvest.

“This bill makes it possible for us to negotiate price-points with interested buyers and produce statistically relevant data about the current state of the market for other farmers and institutions interested in participating in the program,” JD Farms co-owner Dan Dolgin told the paper.

While not growing as quickly as the marijuana market, a hemp comeback is underway across the country. And many in the industry expect that it will only get bigger with time, given hemp’s versatility. For example, it can be used to make nearly anything, from food to clothing to car parts.

One comment on “New York growing hemp for first time in 80 years
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Fantastic news overall for New Yorkers, shared generously by the good people of Marijuana Business Daily. I’m grateful that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apparently found some reason in regards to cannabis hemp. Still, it’s hard to forget Cuomo’s ridiculous anti-“marihuana” rhetoric, which he developed through his long career as a Democrat and still peddles to the public. This is the same man who arrogantly claims the right, through NY state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, of dictating who qualifies for medical cannabis and what types of products they can purchase (it was the governor’s specific demand to exclude edibles and especially the dried, seedless, female flowers in New York). Did Cuomo insist on similar manipulations of any new hemp markets? This autumn, will he order the grounding of all helicopters and police agents planning to hunt down “non-qualified” cannabis growers? I highly doubt it.
    A few counties farther east, in Saratoga County, I hope the 2016 results will persuade farmers here to start planting cannabis seeds galore in early spring 2017. As long as every participating farmer can stockpile cannabis seeds or find operators of equipment necessary to separate hemp-stalk fibers and pulp, sustainable new markets and businesses will surely flourish. In terms of creating new jobs, it’s nearly impossible for the raw materials of cannabis plants to disappoint—that’s precisely why they’ve been banned at the federal level for 80 years.

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