Before long, Ryan Shore hopes to be in Idaho talking to hemp farmers about buying some of his company’s crop. It may seem like... A bill to legalize hemp in Idaho is coming back in 2020

Before long, Ryan Shore hopes to be in Idaho talking to hemp farmers about buying some of his company’s crop.

It may seem like an optimistic stance to take for the CEO of Big Sky Scientific, the cannabidiol, or CBD, company whose 6,701-pound shipment of hemp ignited a political firestorm in Idaho after being confiscated by Idaho State Police near Boise in January. Shore’s company is currently knee-deep in a legal battle with the state to get the product back from police custody.

Hemp, like marijuana, is cannabis, and both contain tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hemp does not produce a high, however. The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill allows states to legalize the growth, purchase, possession and transport of hemp, so long as it contains .3% or less THC.

The substance can be found in everything from lotion and clothing to beer. Under Idaho law, hemp is still considered marijuana and is thus illegal.

But Shore has been talking with farmers in Idaho, and they’re interested in the new cash crop.

“I think you guys will be really good at growing it,” Shore told the Idaho Press Friday in a phone interview. “I’ve met plenty of Idaho farmers that are interested in doing it.” [Read more at Idaho Press]

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