The hemp industry in Michigan is not that old at all. People have only been able to grow the crop since 2019. As such, new crops and businesses are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of this new opportunity. With something so new, there are bound to be any number of challenges. While the bugs are being worked out and a process is being developed for not only growing hemp, but also getting it in the hands of people who want to buy it, the people who are taking part in this calculated experiment will have to carry on. Their efforts as pioneers in this budding industry should be recognized and what they discover must be remembered.
Hot Hemp Rules
Hot hemp is a term used to describe any hemp that has a higher than 0.3% THC content, which is the limit federal authorities placed on hemp when they legalized its growth in 2018. Crops that exceed this level have to be destroyed, placing farmers at a distinct disadvantage to their counterparts. Maintaining this fine line is important because it reinforces the difference between marijuana and help. While hemp has many of the same properties as marijuana, it has completely different purposes; therefore, it’s looked at differently in the eyes of the law.
In an effort to capitalize on this opportunity, farms across Michigan are working to increase their hemp production. Getting a hemp crop off the ground is quite the undertaking considering all of the legal ramifications associated with it. As time goes on and attitudes become more relaxed towards hemp and its intoxicating counterpart, the rules will become more relaxed, helping the growth of hemp in Michigan increase even faster. Until then, farmers are working as fast as they can to make sure that they’re able to be part of the conversation.
Increase in Production
An increase in production means great things for a multitude of industries. Replacing fibers that were once produced using environmentally unsustainable practices is invaluable. Plus, with people’s way of thinking about hemp becoming friendlier by the day, industries are more likely to consider using it in the future. These industries might decide to make an investment in the hemp industry or even start hemp farms of their own. Outside investment is important in any industry. It’s especially important for industries that have tenuous footing in their particular areas like hemp production.
For all the progress that has been made with hemp production in Michigan, there have been a number of setbacks. Namely the inability of farmers to sell 53% of hemp they grew in 2019. Their problems selling their hemp weren’t the result of people being unwilling to buy. On the contrary, they’re the result of crops not having compliant THC levels or failing as any crops might do. Some farmers had a problem finding buyers because the industry is so new. All of these complications are not unheard of in something that’s essentially an elaborate pilot program.