Definition - What does Imported Hemp mean?
Imported hemp is any raw or refined product made from the cannabis sativa plant that is brought into a country, state, or region from outside areas. Importation of hemp is usually due to a lack of a country or state being able to produce enough, or any, of its own hemp due to climatic or political reasons.
In the United States, hemp has been illegal to produce since the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, which did not differentiate between various types of cannabis or take into account differing levels of THC in different strains. Since that time, the US has been an importer of hemp.
Hydrolife explains Imported Hemp
It is thought that commercial interests by well-financed magnates in the 1930s of the paper and plastics industries were largely responsible for supporting legislation outlawing hemp as it would represent competition to their businesses even though it was known that hemp was not capable of being used/abused recreationally.
Imported hemp represents almost the entirety of hemp used in the United States and until its commercial production is fully legalized (it is allowed in some states if grown for research or academic purposes), it will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
As of 2017, the world’s biggest producers and exporters of hemp incldue France, China, Chile, and Eastern European countries including Russia.