Pennsylvania Hemp Laws

Philadelphia Hemp Attorneys

Although hemp may be a variant of the cannabis plant, it has only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that makes cannabis and marijuana use and consumption illegal by most mandates. Still, hemp is under regulations that have made its cultivation illegal in the United States since the Nixon Administration. If you have been arrested for a hemp-related crime and you are not sure what to do next, contact our hemp lawyers at Sacks Weston Diamond LLC. We can go over your legal options and defend your rights in court, if need be.

Uses of Hemp

The general consensus is that if a substance is not dangerous and can be useful, it should not be strictly outlawed. Hemp, for instance, does seem to have its uses and does not show potential to intoxicate or debilitate its users. Like medical marijuana, the cannabidiols (CBD) in hemp may be reduced and refined for consumption or otherwise medicinally used, possibly treating liver and heart disease, tremors, and arthritis. Because hemp contains very little THC, it cannot be used recreationally – making it ideal for a wide range of medicinal and non-medicinal uses.

Nonmedicinal uses of hemp include:

  • Animal feed
  • Clothing material
  • Cordage (ropes)
  • Fuel
  • Soil purification
  • Composite materials

Even the United States government acknowledged the potential use of hemp when it permitted 14 states to grow the plant. The objective was to control cultivation and determine if there was commercial viability. Results of the study seem to align with what many other countries around the world believe: hemp is not dangerous and has viable commercial uses.

Decriminalizing Hemp in America

Currently, Colorado has allowed hemp producers to cultivate the crop and use it for all sorts of odds and ends. This is all due to the state’s decision to legalize cannabis. States that consider it a criminal act to cultivate hemp may still arrest and prosecute those who do. Purchasing hemp-based products through internet sales in other states also remains illegal.

In Pennsylvania, House Bill 967 proposes industrial hemp research and possible decriminalization of hemp in the state. At the very least, it suggests allowing permits to lawfully produce hemp and manufacture products sourced from the substance under far less restrictions than other types of cannabis. Whether or not the bill will pass, however, is uncertain, as it has recently been “tabled”, or postponed.

If you would like to know more about hemp law in Pennsylvania – including laws affecting the use, cultivation, dispensation, and production of medical hemp – do not hesitate to contact our hemp attorneys today. We are ready to help you get started with the advice or representation you need.

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