Maybe you have heard of hemp in recent years, as momentum behind a movement to legalize the agricultural crop has grown with federal legislation and some states supporting it.

Even Kansas considered legalizing production of hemp in pilot research programs in early 2016. Hemp production in the U.S. faces big obstacles, though, including overcoming the stigma of its close relative marijuana and competing in an already competitive world market for hemp and hemp products.

Biologically, hemp and marijuana are variations of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa, but are considered to be separate and distinct subspecies.

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Jennifer Smith ~ Lawrence Journal-World ~