Industrial hemp is one step closer to becoming a legal crop in the country, thanks to legislation that has made it into two House committees.

PORT REPUBLIC, VIRGINIA - Tucked behind acres of corn, you wouldn't believe what your eyes see in a small inlet of farmland. It looks like something that shouldn't be there. It smells like, well, like a sweet version of pot.

But, it's not marijuana. Hemp is being grown locally by two farmers, Glenn Rodes and Brian Walden, in Port Republic at Riverhill Farms.

Between the two of them, they grow about 10 acres of hemp — five at Riverhill and five at Walden’s farm outside of Charlottesville. The two farmers are growing hemp through a research program with James Madison University 

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Laura Peters ~ NewsLeader.com

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