From the West Coast of California to the East Coast of Florida, hemp as taken this country by storm. After the legalization of hemp in 2018 Farm Bill, the hemp business has grown over 1 billion in sales. At least half the country allows farmers to grow hemp and there are thousands of hemp products on the market. Now the government wants to have control from seed to product.
According to the article written by Accela With the Rise of Hemp, Regulators Look for New Tools. “Given that hemp is controlled differently than other species of cannabis, cities and states need a purpose-built solution with advanced functionality to effectively navigate this new era of regulation,” said Greg Felix, vice president of strategic solutions at Accela. “The Accela Hemp Licensing solution makes managing the nuances of this emerging industry easier for everyone, from law enforcement to state agencies to growers to businesses, as hemp-derived Cannabidiol (CBD) products spread across the country.” https://www.accela.com/accela-insights-blog/with-the-rise-of-hemp-regulators-look-for-new-tools/ So does that mean that hemp licensing will become easier as time goes on? According to Accela article, “There are five essential benefits that will occur. 1. Automated Manual Processes-Agencies taking on hemp regulation can quickly become overwhelmed with the licensing process, Fortunately, digital licensing automates many of the manual tasks of reviewing and approving license applications and renewals, freeing staff members to focus on critical issues, not the mundane 2. More Effective Field Inspections– Time-crunched field inspectors need to be as efficient as possible., the use of mobile apps with GIS applications will help with cutting down time looking for farm and field locations 3. Enhance Customer Service-Hemp cultivators often work long hours, with little free time. A digital solution should open your agency up for business 24/7, from any location. 4. Maintain Oversight-Digital hemp licensing and regulatory systems should deliver a wealth of information agencies can use to maintain oversight of hemp operations in their state. With a powerful set of reporting tools available, agencies should be able to quickly see the number of licensed growers or processors of hemp, number of acres currently planted, number of acres planned, locations planted, infractions, citizen complaints, or other valuable information. 5. Share Data with Law Enforcement-Further, a digital hemp solution should empower law enforcement agents to have 24/7 access to hemp cultivation data to verify cultivators are legal and licensed. Data sharing across agencies protects legal operators while discouraging illegal grows.” https://www.accela.com/accela-insights-blog/with-the-rise-of-hemp-regulators-look-for-new-tools/
I do believe that we are heading in the right direction with having the proper regulation in place and the software to keep up with the growing trend of the hemp trade. Hemp should not become a black market commodity where people are paying crazy prices for products that can help with depression, cancer, insomnia and arthritis.