‘Pioneers’: Idaho’s new hemp industry draws first applicants – Idaho Press-Tribune

Tim Cornie, co-owner of 1,000 Springs Mill, has pushed to legalize growing and processing hemp in Idaho for years. He remembers receiving an angry phone call during the time he was lobbying from someone who was “livid” in a “’how are you doing this to our kids?’” kind of way.

“At the time, I explained how important this product is to the body, how much history there is, how agreeable to the body it is, and the protein, and the nutrients that are available,” Cornie said.

“I said, ‘Listen, you should be feeding this to your kids. This is not what you think it is.’”

“He had a complete turnabout with what he thought,” Cornie said.

Eventually, enough minds changed to allow the Idaho Legislature to pass HB 126 in April. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Brad Little, making Idaho the final state in the na…….

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Tim Cornie, co-owner of 1,000 Springs Mill, has pushed to legalize growing and processing hemp in Idaho for years. He remembers receiving an angry phone call during the time he was lobbying from someone who was “livid” in a “’how are you doing this to our kids?’” kind of way.

“At the time, I explained how important this product is to the body, how much history there is, how agreeable to the body it is, and the protein, and the nutrients that are available,” Cornie said.

“I said, ‘Listen, you should be feeding this to your kids. This is not what you think it is.’”

“He had a complete turnabout with what he thought,” Cornie said.

Eventually, enough minds changed to allow the Idaho Legislature to pass HB 126 in April. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Brad Little, making Idaho the final state in the nation to allow for the growing and processing of the crop, as previously reported by the Idaho Press.

Last month, Idaho State Department of Agriculture officials announced the agency received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to license Idaho businesses and farms to produce hemp. The Idaho State Police approved opening the application process.

So far, there are 38 Idaho businesses that have started or completed an application for a license, said Chanel Tewalt, deputy director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, via email.

“Any time you have a new industry there’s pioneers in that industry,” said Sean Ellis, spokesperson for the Idaho Farm Bureau, a nonprofit trade group which backed the legislation.

“The pioneers in the Idaho hemp industry are going to start coming forward,” Ellis said.

WHAT THE LEGISLATION ALLOWS

The legislation authorized the production, research and processing of industrial hemp by those licensed in Idaho, and allowed for the legal possession and transportation of hemp products by removing hemp from Idaho’s list of Schedule I drugs.

The bill did not legalize hemp products sold to consumers, including CBD oil, that contain any amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Prior to the legislation, Idaho law made no distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana. As a result, the state arrested several truck drivers hauling loads of industrial hemp through Idaho and threatened them with drug trafficking charges that carry mandatory minimum prison terms.

There are two kinds of licenses businesses can apply for: a producer license or a handling license. A producer license is for people or businesses who are looking to plant and harvest the crop, but not process it further, Tewalt said. A handling license lets users process the crop into different products, she said. Some businesses are applying for both the producer license and the handling license, Tewalt said.

UNDERSTANDING HEMP

Legalizing hemp required addressing serious misconceptions about the crop. Hemp is often erroneously thought of as having high quantities of THC, Cornie said.

But there are four types of hemp plants that can be grown for different uses. The most well-known, marijuana, contains THC as an active ingredient, Cornie said. …….

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