WHITE PINE (WATE) –Tennessee’s industrial hemp law is moving forward. Hemp, which is often times mistakenly associated with marijuana, has numerous commercial uses from clothing to carpeting, insulation and even car panels.
Tennessee’s department of agriculture has already received 52 permit applications from business and individuals across the state. Farmer, Darrell Miller said he’s optimistic about his change of being approved for a permit.
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Miller is planning on cutting off an acre of his land if his permit is approved. “Hemp is a way that could possible help those in the future,” said Miller. He said if the hemp is a success, he may look at leasing more land.
Hemp plants grow about ten inches apart. Miller said if you do that math, that means you can get over 50,000 plants on a one acre lot.
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“I think this is a wonderful thing for the state and the country. Anytime you can start growing a product, especially an agriculture product in the United States that you’re not having to import it create jobs,” said the farmer.
Under this program, farmers will only be allowed to import seed only with the U.S. drug enforcement administration’s approval. The seeds must have low THC levels, a chemical compound responsible found and marijuana and responsible for psychological effects.
“I hope they let us go ahead and get started on this so we can get our research started a little earlier,” said Miller.