Over a year after the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill allowing certain institutions to grow hemp, seeds finally went into the ground this summer at Virginia Tech.

Virginia House Bill 699 authorized the creation of the Industrial Hemp Research Program and set criteria for growing hemp in the state.

“The commercial sale of hemp is not allowed in the United States … none of the research at this point is geared toward marketing,” said Erin Williams, a senior policy analyst at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

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Clare Rigney ~ CollegiateTimes.com ~