Although hemp is illegal at a federal level, 13 states have jumped on board the hemp train, and for good reason.

When you drive past the acres of hemp fields in Galeton, you might mistake the green spongy plants for marijuana.

It would be an easy mistake to make, but it is a mistake — and it’s one that’s causing a struggle for the emerging hemp industry.

As the director of agronomy with Colorado Cultivars at TLC Farms in Galeton, Damian Farris said he has to explain the difference to curious people all the time, because they think hemp is just an excuse to grow marijuana.

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