The recently-passed state budget eliminates a cap on New York’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry. That will allow more farmers to be able to research, grow and process a crop that could turn into a million-dollar business.

The industrial hemp industry’s first hurdle is also the biggest misconception most people have about.

"It is related to marijuana” is what most people think, said SUNY Morrisville Researcher Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, “But industrial hemp does not have any THC in it.”

It is THC that creates the marijuana plant’s high, but the biological connection between marijuana and hemp continues to create a roadblock for growing a crop that farmers cultivated in New York State more than a century ago.

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Ellen Abbott ~ WBFO.org ~

 

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