AP NEWS

Kemp signs bill allowing hemp crops

May 10, 2019
In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings in Atlanta. Kemp signed a bill Friday allowing hemp crops, which can be used to make CBD oil, rope and other items. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Farmers can soon begin growing hemp in Georgia.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law Friday a bill allowing hemp crops, which can be used to make CBD oil, rope and other items.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports CBD oil is already sold in Georgia, but it’s currently imported. Once state officials create regulations, CBD can be manufactured in-state by farmers who receive a hemp growing license, which costs $50 per acre annually.

Besides Georgia, 41 states have hemp programs.

Hemp is part of the cannabis plant family, but unlike marijuana it includes only trace amounts — no more than 0.3% — of THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high.

Kemp previously signed a measure that allows cultivation and sales of medical marijuana oil, which contains up to 5% THC.

___

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com