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Can I Grow Hemp In My State?

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

First things first, hemp is not the same as marijuana. 

Hemp is a variety of cannabis plant, especially when grown for fiber. Unlike marijuana, hemp has a low THC chemical makeup and does not cause hallucinations or mood swings. Marijuana is more for medicinal or recreational use whereas hemp is used to soothe the mind, body and soul (ever heard of CBD oils?) and can be used in food, construction and automobiles.

Recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in the majority of the United States and Canada; however, not all states are on-board with marijuana and hemp cultivation. 

Here's the list of U.S. states that voted "YES" or "NO" to hemp farming and growing:

Alabama: No

Alaska: Yes

Arizona: Yes

Arkansas: Yes

California: Yes

Colorado: Yes (a top hemp producer growing over 21000 acres of hemp last year)

Connecticut: Yes

Delaware: Yes

Florida: Yes

Georgia: No

Hawaii: No

Idaho: No

Illinois: Yes

Indiana: Yes

Iowa: No

Kansas: Yes

Kentucky: Yes

Louisiana: No

Maine: Yes

Maryland: Yes

Massachusetts: Yes

Michigan: Yes

Minnesota: Yes

Mississippi: No

Missouri: Yes

Montana: Yes

Nebraska: Yes

Nevada: Yes

New Hampshire: No

New Jersey: Yes

New Mexico: Yes

New York: Yes

North Carolina: Yes

North Dakota: Yes

Ohio: No

Oklahoma: Yes

Oregon: Yes

Pennsylvania: Yes

Rhode Island: Yes

South Carolina: Yes

South Dakota: No

Tennessee: Yes

Texas: No

Utah: Yes

Vermont: Yes

Virginia: Yes

Washington: Yes

West Virginia: Yes

Wisconsin: Yes

Wyoming: Yes

Washington D.C: No

Hemp producers should consider protecting their hemp plants from deer damage beginning in the spring months. It is also recommended to plant away from flowerbeds and vegetable gardens where deer will be sniffing around for food. Consider installing a deer fence for best results to protect plants of all types from whitetails.