The production and cultivation of industrial hemp became legal in Tennessee on July 1st of last year, thanks to legislation approved by lawmakers – and signed by the state’s governor – earlier that year. The law allows farmers to legally cultivate hemp – defined as having 0.3% THC or less – so long as they register with the Department of Agriculture.
Approval from the DEA will allow Tennessee to legally import hemp seeds, which can then be distributed to farmers.
According to recent congressional research, the United States imports roughly half a billion dollars in hemp from other countries, primarily China and Canada. The same research estimates the hemp market to consist of over 25,000 various products.