Farmers ready to grow hemp, but some cool toward rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With a decades-long ban on hemp production in Tennessee finally lifted, some farmers say they want to grow the crop but aren’t used to the government oversight that comes with it.

WPLN-FM reports ( the state Agriculture Department held a hearing on Tuesday about proposed rules it hopes to finalize before spring planting. They include a requirement to let inspectors enter hemp fields at any time to check the levels of THC, the only real difference between hemp and its cousin, marijuana. The farmer would have to pay the $35-an-hour bill for the inspection.

Famer Linda Albright of Williamson County said she has been growing other crops for years and never had to apply for a license.

But Harold Jarboe of Maury County said the rules are understandable.