Idaho gets OK to license farmers to grow and transport hemp

<p><p>BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials have approved Idaho’s plan for growing and transporting hemp with up to 0.3% THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.</p></p><p><p>The Idaho State Department of Agriculture on Monday announced receiving the approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture following a new Idaho law approved earlier this year. The agency said it will open online license applications to grow hemp on Monday.</p></p><p><p>The new law, however, doesn’t allow selling to Idaho consumers hemp products containing any amount of THC.</p></p><p><p>The law was a compromise effort after Idaho lawmakers failed for several years to approve a hemp law. Some lawmakers feared legalizing the sale of hemp products to consumers containing THC could make it more difficult to enforce the state’s marijuana laws.</p></p><p><p>Backers of the new law said the state’s climate is ideal for growing hemp, and farmers could sell hemp seeds and a hemp-derived extract called cannabidiol, or CBD, which is seen by many as a health aid.</p></p><p><p>Idaho was the last state to make growing and transporting hemp legal following the 2018 farm bill that legalized hemp production at the federal level.</p></p>