Hemp initiatives in states from tiny Rhode Island in the east to expansive Washington state in the USA’s northwest are seeing advances as proponents of the crop see its potential to revive the farm sector and boost state tax coffers — sooner or later.

At the latest count 32 U.S. states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production under state-administered programs.

Estimates are that the U.S. imports more than $500 million worth of hemp products annually.

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