North Carolina will become more familiar with the Uses of Hemp as the state begins cultivating and researching the new crop.
This year, some farmers will be replacing their corn fields with fields of hemp. Farmers in North Carolina are being encouraged to participate in a trial across the state, to grow industrial hemp.
Although hemp is a cousin of marijuana, it is not used as a recreational drug. Rather, it is used to make a vast amount of products such as cloth and oils, and it will be a huge boost for farmers who can replace lower priced crops with the more lucrative hemp.
According to Sandy Stewart, director of the Research Station for the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Resources, NC farmers are extremely interested in growing hemp.
Being in the same plant family as marijuana (cannabis), the two plants look exactly the same. When the federal government made cannabis illegal in the 1930s, hemp was included.
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