In the U.S. this week, Maryland has once again put Hemp in the News. The state legislature is looking at new legislation that would only allow universities and university farms to grow industrial hemp.
While other nearby states are trying to make things easier, Maryland, which already has many forms of infrastructure in place to make a real economic difference to the state, has politicians who still seem to be thinking with the same old prejudices against the plant.
Regions of Maryland are known to be some of the best growing areas in the U.S., and the state already has the facilities needed, such as warehousing that could be used for processing and manufacturing, biomedical facilities at John Hopkins and the University of Maryland, and a fibre arts framework at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Because of this, Maryland is one of the best places to make real a difference to the state’s future economy.
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