State in India legalizes hemp cultivation

In yet another sign that cannabis-related business opportunities are cropping up across the world, the state of Uttarakhand in northern India has announced that it will allow local farmers to begin growing hemp.

The caveat: they can only sell it to the government for industrial purposes. The farmers also must regulate their hemp so the THC content is only between 0.3% and 1.5%, according to the International Business Times.

That sets the legal hemp apart from its relative, Indian Hemp, which grows in the wild in India and often checks in at between 4%-5% THC.

The cultivation of industrial hemp is legal in many parts of the world but is still banned in most of the United States, though it is legal to own and sell hemp-based products and more states are loosening laws on growing.

The countries that dominate the hemp market currently are China, Germany and France, the Times reported. But apparently at least part of India wants to begin competing for a share of that pie.

One comment on “State in India legalizes hemp cultivation
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    As a result of the climate negotiations in Paris, France, the international community must resolve to defy 54 years of prohibitive laws demanded by the United States (starting with Harry Anslinger’s hysterical role in the UN’s 1961 Single Convention on Narcotics), and lift all legal restrictions on cannabis cultivation worldwide. The raw materials of cannabis will generate limitless opportunities in eco-friendly commerce. Vast fields of cannabis hemp plants suck massive amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Besides, manufacturing ALL paper products and lots more construction materials from hemp allows many billions of trees to stand uncut, helping us to breathe that much easier. Again, the possibilities here are limitless.

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