PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The half-acre plot of fledgling plants along a hillside at Cedar Lane Farm puts into perspective the return of hemp to West Virginia soil — a resistance-riddled movement struggling to rise out of infancy.

Owner Dave Hawkins arrives with a few signs to post around the plot warning trespassers that the area is under surveillance. “Industrial Hemp Research Project; No THC Content — Stay Out!” they read.

After a busy year full of uncertainties, including a rules bill passed during this year’s legislative session that nearly killed hemp research before the seeds were even planted, Hawkins is among a handful of growers around West Virginia who are pioneering the return of hemp.

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