New hemp cultivation laws emerge

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As controversy surrounding cannabis swirls in the community and on social media, hemp – the same species of plant as marijuana, Cannabis sativa – has quietly entered the fray. According to California Health and Safety Code Section 11018.5, “Industrial hemp means a crop that is limited to types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. having no more than three-tenths of 1% tetrahydrocannabinol contained in the dried flowering tops, whether growing or not; the seeds of the plant; the resin extracted from any part of the plant and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin produced there from.” THC is the compound in marijuana that creates the “high,” with some strains producing up to 34% of the chemical. Hemp is not bred or
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