Prospective hemp farmers in Tennessee are excited about the opportunity to grow a crop that hasn’t been cultivated in the United States since 1957, but they’re less than thrilled about the state’s rules regarding licensing.

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) held a hearing regarding said rules for cultivating hemp with the hopes of hammering out the final regulations in time for farmers to hoe rows by spring.

But some of the would-be licensees are worried the state’s rules are a little domineering compared to that of growing any other legal crop.

“We’ve been growing tobacco and corn and soy and all of this for years and years,” potential hemp farmer Linda Albright of Williamson County explained. “We’ve never had to apply for a license to grow it.”

A hemp license is slated to cost farmers $250 a year plus $2 per every acre they intend to farm. In addition, TDA inspectors would be permitted to stop by the hemp field at any time in order to verify the levels of THC in the licensees crops.

The fees involved in farming hemp seem to be a bit much in this reporter’s opinion. Not to mention the fact that licensed hemp farmers are required to pay $35 per hour for the TDA inspectors travel time, mileage, inspection and sampling time. And they’re responsible for reimbursing the TDA for all laboratory analysis costs incurred as well.

It looks like the state of Tennessee is ensuring that at least they’ll be cashing in on hemp cultivation.

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