Georgia Hemp Industries was established as the clearing house for hemp-related information, education, industry development, support, and policy advocacy. Farmers, investors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers are encouraged to join our efforts to promote and advance hemp industries in Georgia.
** Georgia Hemp Industries is not associated with Hemp Industries Association (HIA) **
GHI is Georgia’s only trade organization dedicated to the re-establishment of hemp as a cash crop.
What we do:
Public Speaking: GHI will provide a guest speaker for your next event
Media Consulting: GHI works with the media to provide information, policy statements, TV and radio interviews
College Campus: GHI is eager to share our vision of the future of hemp cultivation on campus
What is industrial hemp?
Industrial hemp is an agricultural commodity that is cultivated for use in the production of a wide range of products, including foods and beverages, cosmetics and personal care products, and nutritional supplements, as well as fabrics and textiles, yarns and spun fibers, paper, construction and insulation materials, and other manufactured goods. Hemp can be grown as a fiber, seed, or dual-purpose crop. Some estimate that the global market for hemp consists of more than 25,000 products.
Precise data are not available on the size of the U.S. market for hemp-based products, but current industry estimates report annual sales at more than $700 million annually. Hemp is a variety of Cannabis Sativa and is of the same plant species as marijuana. Although industrial hemp is genetically different and distinguished by its use and chemical makeup and has long been cultivated for non-drug use in the production of industrial and other goods, in the United States, hemp is subject to U.S. drug laws and growing industrial hemp is restricted. Under current U.S. drug policy all cannabis varieties, including industrial hemp, are considered Schedule I controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act – passed in 1970.
According to federal rules, the term “industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
In spite of the prohibition of domestic cultivation, hemp is making a comeback as a commercial product in America.
America’s Hemp Resurgence
On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill of 2013 into law. The “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research” program will allow states that pass hemp cultivation laws to participate in research and development of hemp industries.
Twenty four (24) states enacted such laws and were able to take advantage of the federal rules concerning the experimental hemp crop program, including southern states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Georgia has yet to pass such laws.
On 12/20/2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) became public law. Within that law are provisions that legalize the production of hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the controlled substances list. Hemp is finally beginning to reclaim its place in America. The Act also expanded the definition of hemp as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis”.
Georgia’s Hemp Future
On May 10th, 2019 Governor Brian Kemp signed HB213, the Georgia Hemp Farming Act into law. The bill gave the Agricultural Commissioner, in conjunction with the Attorney General and the Governor, 60 days to submit a plan under which the Department of Agriculture intends to regulate hemp production to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. As of this posting, the Rules have been submitted and the department has conducted a public comment period. As with the rest of the states who have submitted plans, Georgia awaits the USDA publishing its own plans and beginning the process of approving state plans.