Hemp vs. Marijuana is an ongoing issue, which is jeopardizing the resurrection of the hemp industry and, therefore, the economic potential for farmers in the Southern U.S.
For over a century, the main crop grown in the South was tobacco. It was the crop that farmers relied on, but this is no longer the case. Now, many farmers in the South are looking to bring back a long lost crop: industrial hemp.
The complication is hemp’s close relation to marijuana. Although the plants look the same, there is a vital difference between the two. Hemp, for example, contains less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. This concerns law enforcement groups and raises suspicion that farmers will attempt to hide marijuana plants amongst their hemp crops, making marijuana more difficult to detect.
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