UPDATE: The deadline for Tennessee farmers to submit an application to begin growing industrial hemp is February 15th.

Elisha Milan opened Grass Roots, a CBD store, in Chattanooga nearly two years ago.

She says she thought her main customers would be young adults, but they are the people over age 50.

“The benefits it will give to those in need rather that's pain relief or veterans who need help with PTSD,” said Elisha Milan.

Milan is a member of the Hemp Industrial Association and says being able to get this license is huge for Tennessee.

She says hemp is a product that isn't wasted because of its' variety of uses.

“Candies, topicals, or lotions,” said Milan. “You can also have it processed into rope and clothing.”

Milan says consider everything going on with the industry out west.

This license allowing farmers to produce hemp will boost our economy.

She says this could also create additional jobs.

“People are going to need bookkeepers. They're going to need delivery drivers. They are going to need people to work on the farm. There's going to be so many opportunities,” said Milan.

Milan says last year, Tennessee had 166 hemp farms.

Her store carries 30 different strands of hemp, and five of those are from local farmers.

“Farmers with hemp, oils, topicals everything,” said Milan. “It really helps support Tennessee when you buy local.”

The 21-page application can be found on the Department of Agriculture's website by clicking here.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee residents who would like to grow industrial hemp have another week to apply for a license.

The state Department of Agriculture says the deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. CST Feb. 15.

Tools to assist producers with planning markets, finances and production methods are available online, along with program reports from previous years and a list of licensed hemp processors. The industrial hemp grower application and more information are also available online.

The agency says that although industrial hemp was removed from the list of federal controlled substances, it is illegal to grow hemp without a license through an approved state program.

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