Hemp Industries Association stands against Jeff Sessions' rescission of hemp

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Hemp and marijuana are one and the same, at least under the broad brush of the Controlled Substance Act. When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded five Obama administration memoranda on Jan. 4, related to marijuana prosecution guidelines, the industrial hemp industry took note of the implications to federal non-interference practices.

In a statement released Jan. 11, in response to Sessions’ actions, the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) emphasized that hemp farming programs remain legal: “…industrial hemp remains protected under exemptions to the Controlled Substances Act, per §7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Farm Bill”), which permits the cultivation of industrial hemp by institutions of higher education and under state agricultural pilot programs, as defined for purposes of research.”