Virginia and Industrial Hemp: General Research regarding hemp as an…
Virginia and Industrial Hemp: General Research regarding hemp as an industrial component
General oppinion surrounding hemp
What is Industrial hemp?
Uses of hemp
hemp fibers are commonly used for rope and has genetic properties than can be added to straw fibers to strengthen the durability of the rope and even can add an element of fire resistance to it's intended product
Is hemp the same as marijuana?
History of hemp
Henry Ford has been cited as modeling his first model T strictly out of hemp based components as well as it's ability to run on hemp based fuels.
Hemp was banned in the 1930s via a bill that prohibited the commercial and recreational use and distribution of materials containing THC. This applied mainly to marijuana based on it's tendencies to be abused as a drug, similar to alcohol. Hemp being a close cousin to marijuana strictly because of it's sheer presence of THC alone, however minimal, contributed to it being outlawed.
Chemical structure of hemp
Virginia state legislature and policy on industrial hemp
Current legislature allows for Virginia researchers to obtain a license to grow hemp for research purposes involving the viability of hemp as an industrial component. Meaning it's effectiveness in the market as far as a raw material.
Virginia is one of 10 states involved in growing hemp for research, Kentucky being the number 1 contributor as far as college based support behind industrial hemp. VA schools involved include JMU, VSU, UVA, and VT; each school involved having a particular interest of study.
Who are the stake holders involving industrial hemp? Who can benefit from modern practices surrounding industrial hemp?
collgiate level researchers
policy makers/ law yers