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)
- 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.