Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for new regulations for a booming business in our area — hemp farming.
Forbes says hemp farming has quadrupled in the country this year, and there are a number of hemp farms in Monroe and Ontario Counties that prove it.
Senator Schumer is calling these regulations ‘guidelines’.
He and other senators are asking the Food and Drug Administration to set basic safety requirements for the industry.
Schumer said the new rules will help farmers in our area.
Even though it comes from the same type of plant as marijuana, hemp does not produce a ‘high’. It’s used in many ways, including in cosmetics and other consumer products.