As Oregon gets ready for legal recreational pot at mid-year, some farmers are eager to put in their first crops of hemp, the marijuana cousin that won’t get you high.
State agriculture officials are drafting rules that would allow growers to produce industrial hemp this spring, The Oregonian reports.
Hemp is a strain of the plant that doesn’t contain much of the psychoactive chemical in recreational or medical marijuana, and its advocates tout it for a variety of uses.
“It could save America,” said Jerry Norton, a hemp activist from Salem. “I am talking about everything from biodiesel fuel to food to health care products to paper. It’s endless. There are thousands of applications.”
He has begun lining up equipment and land, but he’s not sure yet how large an operation he’ll have, Norton said.
Some of the regulations under discussion have made hemp proponents unhappy, such as the $1,500 license for three years.
Courtney Moran, an attorney with expertise in hemp production, called that “a huge problem,” but she said some producers will move forward anyway.
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