- The Washington Times - Monday, February 10, 2014

They are happy hempsters, no doubt.

Tucked into the $1 trillion federal farm bill: an amendment that relaxes a 75-year old restriction on growing and researching industrial hemp. Those who have an eye on the potential $500 million industry are pleased.

“We are very eager to pursue the possibilities of growing hemp right here in the USA for our clothing production, and are actively seeking capital to procure land and begin research crops. Our current clothing line is dependent on hemp grown in China,” declares Mitch Rosenfield, president of Hempist.com, which sells hemp clothing, backpacks, shoes, body care products and accessories - though their line also includes hemp rolling papers.

“It could be grown better, and more efficiently right here in the U.S. For 18 years, we have sought to bring jobs and a cleaner, greener future to the US, and this bill allows for that to finally start,” says Mr. Rosenfield.