GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Marijuana is growing in Mesa County, but it won't get you high. "We were saving the ranch. It wasn't selling and we had to come up with a way to cover expenses," said Margaret Richardson, a co-owner at Salt Creek Hemp Company.

After consideration of what to grow, one plant stood above the rest.

"With corn, I think they're talking $300 an acre. This crop [hemp] and with the new emerging market, it's hard to pinpoint an exact price on what we'd get per acre, but let's just say it could easily be ten times to 100 times that," said Aaron Rydell, another co-owner.

It's for that reason, along with the multitude of the plant's uses, that those at Salt Creek Hemp Company believe it will not only save their ranch, but Mesa County's agricultural industry.

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