With its hundreds of applications from soaps to textiles, industrial hemp—grown from the plant Cannabis sativa—has proven itself as a valuable cash crop in the U.S. for the last 50 years.

Though a federal Farm Bill legalized hemp in 2018, cultivating the fibrous plant and its byproducts, such as CBD oil, remains illegal in Idaho. But an executive order issued by Gov. Brad Little on Nov. 19 has temporarily legalized the transportation of industrial hemp throughout the Gem State, serving as a “stopgap” measure until legislators can agree on a more permanent solution.

While industrial hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, industrial hemp sets itself apart with a negligible content of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). Under Little’s order, industrial hemp could be trucked across the state if its THC concentration is under 0.3 percent.

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