NASHVILLE –The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing on Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. CST to gather input on the permitting and regulation of industrial hemp.
The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment on the department’s commitment to fulfill the requirements of Public Chapter 916, enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly, to develop a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee.
Industrial hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa and is of the same plant species as marijuana. However hemp has a significantly lower tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup. You will find industrial hemp in a variety of products, including fabric, textiles, fibers, and pharmaceuticals. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. Current industry estimates show that U.S. importation and retail sales of hemp-based products may exceed $300 million annually.