Welcome to Cape Cod Hemp
Cape Cod Hemp (CCH) was founded for the purposes of promoting hemp agriculture, manufacturing of hemp products, and retailing of hemp products in Massachusetts.
The goals of CCH are to provide reliable information about opportunities in the hemp economy and facilitate networking among professionals in the hemp industry.
Legal Status of Hemp in Massachusetts
On November 8th, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved the Taxation and Regulation of Marijuana Act which defines hemp as “the plant of the genus Cannabis or any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 per cent on a dry weight basis”.
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Hemp Program provides oversight and regulation of legally grown hemp for commercial purposes.
American industry is trending towards bio-sustainability and hemp plays a critical role in the establishment of a new economic paradigm. Cape Cod Hemp is dedicated to shifting the perception of hemp as being an alternative crop to a mainstream commodity. Currently, hemp is used for food, fiber, livestock bedding, Cannabidiol (CBD) based medicines, paper products, molded plastics, and many other purposes. Hemp is a hardy crop and will grow in any environment that supports the cultivation of corn. Unlike most crops, hemp requires minimal pesticides and herbicides. Hemp is useful in helping to re-establish fallow lands, remove salt build-up in the soil and eradicate stubborn weeds.
Due to 80 years of restrictive prohibition laws, most hemp products are imported into the United States from countries like China and Canada. The demand for American-grown hemp products currently outstrips the supply of domestic hemp products. Viable seed for planting is especially sought-after and commands premium prices. Since 2012, prices for viable hemp seed in Colorado have ranged from $10 per pound to $10 per seed.
About the founder of Cape Cod Hemp
Erik Hunter received his Ph.D. (2013) and Master’s Degree (2006) in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. In 2012, Dr. Hunter joined Jason Lauve (Hemp Cleans) and Lynda Parker (Agricultural Hemp Initiative) in their efforts to promote Colorado House Bill 12-1099 (the Industrial Hemp Phytoremediation Program). The lobbying efforts were ultimately successful and culminated in a modest research program which included cultivation of industrial hemp in contaminated soil for the purposes of removing the contamination. Subsequently, Lynda, Erik, and Jason embarked on a tour of rural Colorado and assisted Colorado farmers in understanding the benefits of hemp cultivation and challenges of growing hemp in a rapidly changing legal landscape.
In 2013, Dr. Hunter, Lynda Parker, and Samantha Walsh co-founded the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association, a non-profit organization that provided information concerning hemp agriculture. The Rocky Mountain Hemp Association successfully lobbied for the passage of Colorado Senate Bill 13-241 which created a program in the Colorado Department of Agriculture to regulate industrial hemp production. The Rocky Mountain Hemp Association became the National Hemp Association in 2014 under the leadership of Zev Paiss.
From 2014 to 2016 Dr. Hunter was employed as a cultivator in Colorado and became familiar with all aspects of cultivation, including clonal propagation, vegetative growth, flowering and harvest, maintenance of hydroponic irrigation systems, and lighting systems. His experiences also included thin-layer chromatography THC testing, developing cost-competitive nutrients, and developing minimum risk (25(b) compliant) pesticides.
Cape Cod Hemp is located in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
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