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14 J. Food L. & Pol'y 12 (2018)
The Fate of Industrial Hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill - Will Our Collective Ambivalence Finally Be Resolved

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  The Fate of Industrial Hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill - Will
      Our Collective Ambivalence Finally Be Resolved?

                          Marne Coit

       I. Introduction
       As a nation, we are at a crossroads in the regulation of
industrial hemp, and the 2018 Farm Bill is the time to decide
which path we will choose. Congress has an opportunity to clear
the path for farmers in the United States (US) to participate in
this burgeoning market. With an estimated 25,000 uses, industrial
hemp is one of those rare crops that has both food and agricultural
uses.1 There is undoubtedly a market for hemp products.' The
Hemp Industries Association (HIA) estimates that US retail
sales of hemp-based products was $688 million in 2016 - up from
$573 million in 2015.3 By 2020 the industry is estimated to grow
to $1.8 billion.4
       Considering the projected market growth, one could
conclude that growing industrial hemp has a lot of potential
for farmers in the US.5 However, the biggest impediment to
farmers doing so is the current state of the law that regulates this
crop.6 There is a discrepancy between what Congress seemingly

  Logan Yonavjak, Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The
Environment, FORBES  (May  29, 2013), https:./www.forbes.com/sites/
ashoka!2013/05/29!industrial-hemp-a-win-win-for-the-economy-and-the-
environment!/2!/#67b029736f9a.
2 See id.
I HARVEST NEW YORK, INDUSTRIAL HEMP FROM SEED To MARKET 6 (Cornell
University 2017), http:/allegany.cce.cornell.edu/resources/industrial-hemp-
from-seed-to-market.
4 Market Size: Hemp Industry Sales Grow To $688 Million in 2016, HEMP
BUSINESS JOURNAL (2017), https:/www.hempbizjournal.com/market-size-
hemp-industry-sales-grow-to-688-million-in-20161.
Yonayjak, supra note 1.
6 See H.R. Res. 2642, 113th Cong. (2014) (enacted), https://www.congress.gov/
bill/I 13th-congress/house-bill/2642/text?overview=closed); 21 C.F.R. § 1308 (1970),
https://www.deadiversion.usdoi.gov/21 cfr/cfr/1308/1308 I .htm.

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