It looks like pot. It smells like pot. But it’s hemp, marijuana’s legal cousin, and it’s taking over the Bluegrass state.
Across the rolling hills of Kentucky, which just two decades ago was the most tobacco-dependent state in the country, farmers are planting less of the crop after growing health concerns shrunk demand. Instead, they’re increasingly turning to hemp and have more than doubled sowings of the cannabis variety in 2016 to become the No. 2 producer in the U.S., trailing Colorado. Continue reading “How hemp is slowly becoming the new tobacco for Kentucky farmers”
President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be attorney general of the United States rightly has proponents of marijuana legalization troubled. Continue reading “AG pick Jeff Sessions should moderate his approach to marijuana”
Among the many crops grown on Glenn Rodes’ family farm in Rockingham County this summer was one that has not been cultivated in Virginia for decades but that may have a chance at a comeback now, thanks to a slow shift in attitudes and the law. Continue reading “Milestone: Hemp crop harvested in Virginia for 1st time in decades”
Twin brothers, both devout Mormons, are among a growing legion of residents embracing Utah medical marijuana as a way to treat a host of ailments. Continue reading “Mormon brothers among residents pushing for Utah medical marijuana”