Ultimately, it’s the controversy of Hemp vs. Marijuana that hindered a Helena Valley hemp farmer from harvesting her first crop one year ago. But after a year-long fight for her right to use a federal water supply, she is finally reaping the benefits.
Kim Philips is legally permitted to grow hemp as part of Montana’s Hemp Pilot Program. However, when growing her first crop last year, she was refused access to a federal reservoir water supply that she needed, resulting in the loss of her entire crop.
The water refusal was due to federal laws against irrigating controlled substances. However, her long legal battle paid off.
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