Hemp

J. Froelich / KUAF

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released interim final hemp farming regulations. The U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, mandated under the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a regulatory framework for hemp production for states, including Arkansas.

J. Froelich / KUAF

Six cultivars of medicinal hemp are being harvested on a farm operated by Arkansas Hemp Genetics, LLC in rural northwestern Washington County. After a century-long prohibition, hundreds of thousands of acres of hemp are under cultivation across the U.S., including over 3,000 acres in Arkansas. 

J. FROELICH / KUAF

Since a 1930s prohibition on hemp farming was lifted last year by the federal government, more than a 100 hemp cultivation licenses have been issued in Arkansas. Hemp cultivation remains tightly regulated until new federal laws are developed. We take a tour of Arkansas Hemp Genetics, a new medicinal hemp farm in rural Washington County. 

Jacqueline Froelich

Several dozen farmers and investors recently met in Fayetteville at a clinic hosted by Arkansas Hemp Genetics to discuss licensing and best cultivation practices. A federal prohibition on growing industrial cannabis was lifted late last year. 

J. Froelich / KUAF

While Arkansas voters will consider whether to legalize medical cannabis on Nov. 8, medicinal hemp is for sale in one northwest Arkansas store. Marijuana and hemp are outlawed by the federal government--although medicinal pot is legal in 25 states with hemp cultivation allowed in 14 states by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency permit. We attempt to weed through the politics and science of medicinal hemp.