Maine Lawmakers to Look at New Hemp Bill
Next week, state lawmakers will take a up a bill that would let Maine farmers grow hemp for industrial use.Monday in Augusta, lawmakers got a peek at what hemp can be used for.The Business Alliance of Commerce and Hemp put on the display.If the law passes here in Maine, it would still violate federal law, similar to Maine’s medical marijuana law, but supporters say it would let Maine farmers compete globally.”We see this bill as a positive step towards allowing American farmers to compete with the rest of the farmers in the world,” said Steve Ruhl, of the alliance. “We are the only country in the world, industrialized countries, that does not allow our farmers to grow the hemp crop. As you can see from this chart it has many uses. It’s time to stop denying our farmers the right to compete.”A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for next Thursday afternoon.