We plant seeds but not just any seeds. Farmers select the seeds of a plant for an end-use agricultural product. As with any agriculture commodity, the details from soil preparation, seed drilling, and density are all carefully planned for a specific harvest. In this case, let’s consider hemp, also referred to as industrial hemp or just hemp.
You may be familiar with the word Cannabis, which classifies the plant genus, including industrial hemp. But among these plant species, there is much diversity. The crop has notable distinctions depending on the intended harvested material, grain, straw, or flower. Currently, regardless of the farming practices or material harvested, all of these plants are evaluated and regulated on one organic compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC.
Current Controlled Substances Act Definition of Marijuana:
21 U.S.C. § 802 (16)
(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the term “marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin.
(B) The term “marihuana” does not include—
(i) hemp, as defined in section 1639o of title 7; or
(ii) the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.
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