New York wants to be the nation’s leader in hemp production


In New York, new legislation was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that removes legal obstacles impeding access to hemp seed in a bid to streamline research and farming opportunities. With a goal of being the nation’s leader in hemp production, Cuomo sees hemp as a commodity with the potential to boost job growth in agriculture and manufacturing.

The bill classifies industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity and creates a working group to advise the state on research and policies concerning a plant that is of the same genus and species as marijuana but contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive chemical THC.

Cuomo committed $5 million in state funding to support research into the production of industrial hemp, with $1 million to immediately fund an ongoing partnership between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, SUNY Morrisville, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Empire State Development.