Lawmakers heard about the economic benefits and opportunities hemp presents as an agricultural product during a hearing in Philadelphia on Monday.
Hosted by State Rep. Danilo Burgos (D-Philadelphia), the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing allowed State House members to hear from experts, crop professionals and others on hemp as a product for the state.
“Pennsylvania has a tremendous economic opportunity here in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia specifically to benefit from responsibly grown hemp,” Burgos said. “I am grateful to those testifying today for sharing their knowledge and expertise on the hemp industry with us.”
With at least 25,000 known unique uses, hemp has the potential to be a source of jobs and revenue for the state’s agricultural sector, experts said.
Judy Wicks, founder of All Together Now Pennsylvania, said hemp is a strong, durable material that is stronger than cotton, can replace insulation, and has many food and consumer applications while being environmentally friendly. environment. Hemp does not require herbicides or pesticides, and its production requires less water and fossil fuels, she said.
“Pennsylvania has one of the strongest agricultural industries in the country, and we have an opportunity to show leadership in hemp production as we have in other commodities,” the representative said. Mary Isaacson State (D-Philadelphia). “Hemp with less than 0.05% THC has been federally legalized, so we need to make sure we’re doing what we need to so growers have no problem getting set up, opening accounts banks, run their businesses and add to our economy.
Legislation from the Pennsylvania Legislature, such as SB 1167, would address some of the problems producers face with banking and insurance.
“It’s clear that hemp has tremendous promise for boosting our economy, creating jobs in our Commonwealth and uplifting our communities,” Burgos said. “This is the second hearing on the promise this industry could have for communities across the Commonwealth, showing that we are ready to work in the legislature to make Pennsylvania a place where the hemp business can thrive. Let’s do it.