Hemp: The Next Big Cash Crop for Tribes?
In 1794, President George Washington said: “Make the most you can of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere!”
Well, we would if we could! While more than 30 countries have been growing hemp and profiting richly from the sale of hemp products for many years, its commercial cultivation has been banned in the United States since 1957.
But the winds are shifting. With the passage of the Farm Bill in 2014, industrial hemp now can be grown legally by higher education institutions and state departments of agriculture for research and pilot programs. However, it remains to be seen whether the same rules will apply to tribal nations.