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Hemp growers in Maine are concerned that new rules governing the crop could hold back the growth of an industry that is already the largest in New England.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Hemp producers from across Maine are asking the federal government to reconsider portions of draft rules governing their industry.

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State agriculture officials have sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expressing concerns that parts of the long-awaited federal hemp rule are too restrictive and could slow the growth of Maine's hemp industry.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Maine's fledgling hemp industry has been anxiously awaiting regulatory guidance from the federal government, and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued some temporary rules. But some of the initial guidance is raising questions for both growers and state regulators.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

A few weeks ago, Sheepscot General Store and Farm in Whitefield was making headlines for its innovative "U-pick hemp," a crop that was legalized under the 2018 USDA farm bill. Now the story is one of uncertainty as the family farm finds itself in limbo with its bank and its insurance company both planning to drop the farm.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

The Mills administration is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work swiftly and finalize federal rules guiding states on how they should implement industrial hemp plans.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

This year, there’s a new crop being harvested in Maine alongside apples, pumpkins and corn — hemp.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

The explosive growth in demand for hemp is propelling this crop to new importance in the state.  We’ll hear from hemp farmers and learn about the potential of hemp to impact Maine’s economy.


AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers in Maine have overwhelmingly signed off on a bill designed to make clear that production and sale of hemp-derived food products are allowable in the state.

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CBD, or cannabidiol, and hemp products are being used in foods, beverages and more, touted as beneficial to physical and mental health without the effects of cannabis. We’ll learn about the uses, regulations and outlook for these substances in Maine, now that the state is not allowing CBD in food products to be sold here.

By Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - So far, only the Passamaquoddy Tribe and a Portland resident have applied to grow what would be the state's first-ever licensed crops of industrial hemp.
 
They're setting off into unknown territory in Maine at a time when federal law prohibits commercial hemp cultivation.
 

Erik Fenderson / Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new effort to legalize hemp in Maine for commercial and industrial purposes is taking root at the State House, where nearly a dozen supporters turned out today for a public hearing on the proposal.