Hempcreate/ Hemp concrete and Hemp drywall

Asked June 19, 2019, 9:27 AM EDT

Can Hemp be grown in Michigan be used for making Hemp concreate? Can Hemp grown in Michigan be used for making Hemp drywall? Can Hemp grown in Michigan be grown for fiber? Not sure what all the fuss is over Hemp, it has no THC. It has multiple commercial uses we have been missing out on in the US. Let me know what is allowed and what is restricted. Thank you, Best Regards, Tracey Burroughs Hopefully future commercial Hemp grower. 410-937-9617 1.homesolutions4u@gmail.com

Lapeer County Michigan

1 Response

Yes, industrial hemp can be grown in Michigan. Numerous strains/varieties are available for seed, fiber, and CBD (cannabidiol) production that have been bred for low delta-9-THC (psychoactive compound) content. Use of hurds (inner, lower-quality stem fibers) for construction applications like you have mentioned has been done in other countries and there is no reason to suspect that the same applications couldn't be sourced with Michigan-grown hemp fiber.

The "fuss" you may be referring to has to do with the fact that Cannabis sativa L. can be bred to produce high levels of THC (marijuana) or very low levels (industrial hemp). Historically, these breeding lines have all been treated the same under federal law as they are all the same species. With the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill and now the 2018 Farm Bill, it has become legal to commercially produce industrial hemp--legally defined as C. sativa with 0.3% THC or lower--although for 2019 we are restricted to production under research permits per the 2014 Farm Bill. Regulatory framework from the USDA and then from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will outline how growers can legally produce the crop. The fact that C. sativa types look essentially the same (particularly when grown for THC and CBD) in the field is still problematic for law enforcement.

For more information about industrial hemp and MSU's research and outreach efforts with the crop moving forward, visit the Hemp Production page on the MSU Extension website (https://www.canr.msu.edu/hemp/). Upcoming webinars including one on June 24th (https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/industrial-hemp-webinar-to-focus-on-field-production-and-irrigation-topics) may also be helpful to you.