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What the Farm Bill's Hemp Legalization Means for Small Business

December 20, 2018 / Adam Uzialko
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On Dec. 20, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, an annual piece of legislation that governs regulations and funding across the entire agriculture industry of the U.S. Naturally, such a bill has sweeping effects that have significant implications on both the U.S. economy and food production. This year, however, there is one measure that especially stands out: federal hemp legalization. With the federal government's full legalization of hemp, a previously marginalized industry is opening for free interstate commerce. What does that mean for entrepreneurs looking to get into the space, as well as those who could benefit from a wider availability of hemp-derived products? Here's a brief look at hemp's history in the U.S., as well as what its newly legalized status means for small businesses.