Tennessee farmers, researchers apply for first industrial hemp p - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Tennessee farmers, researchers apply for first industrial hemp permits

Posted: Updated:
Industrial hemp grows at a University of Kentucky farm. AP photo Industrial hemp grows at a University of Kentucky farm. AP photo
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -

Fifty-three individuals and businesses across the state, including seven from East Tennessee, will serve as test cases for Tennessee's industrial hemp law.

That's how many applications, plus one that was later withdrawn, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture received for the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program by the April 1 deadline.

How those applications will be evaluated — or whether anyone will actually be able to grow a crop this year — is still uncertain.

Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana.

Read more from our news partners at the Knoxville News Sentinel

Powered by Frankly