After the federal farm bill was implemented in the spring, pilot plots were planted at certain farms and research centres to test the growth and market potential of industrial hemp. Prior to the farm bill the Federal Controlled Substances Act deemed it illegal to grow hemp, due to minor amounts of THC contained in the plant.
Katie Moyer, a member of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission, commented on the amount of money that used to be seen by old Kentucky towns. “They weren’t just growing tobacco. They were growing hemp,” she says.
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