In 2019, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill that would allow registered Kansas residents to commercially grow and cultivate hemp. The state’s Commercial Industrial Hemp Program has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as per the legal requirements, and it’s run by the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA).
Although Kansas legalized the commercial growth of hemp in 2019, its hemp cultivation program was only established, submitted, and approved by the USDA in late 2020. As such, the Sunflower State is a little behind, with its hemp cultivation program only launching in 2021. Therefore, this is the first year of commercial hemp production.
Prior to this, Bill SB263 (Alternative Crop Research Act), signed in 2018, allowed hemp cultivation for research and development purposes under the state’s hemp pilot program. The Bill allowed licensed state residents to participate in the research program under the supervision of the KDA. Therefore, in previous years, growing hemp in Kansas was limited to research projects, including one at Kansas State University.
The state’s industrial hemp cultivation program is still in its early stages, and it has a few kinks to iron out in its plan. However, with an estimated 90% of hemp grown for the CBD market specifically, the future looks bright for locally produced CBD oil in Kansas.
For now, though, the CBD market in Kansas is flooded with a variety of CBD products, many of which the source of the hemp used is unknown. Unfortunately, much of the CBD available is made using poor-quality hemp since many CBD companies do not adhere to strict standards of operation and manufacturing.
Where and how hemp is grown plays an essential role in the overall quality of CBD. PureKana understands this better than anyone, which is why we never import our hemp from shoddy overseas sources. We have partnered with knowledgeable American farmers and work closely with these people to ensure our hemp meets the highest quality standards.