First Tennessee Hemp Farmers Begin to Plant

    Hemp is about to be another one of Tennessee’s cash crops.
     Nearly 50 farmers are now licensed to grow hemp in the state after the cannabis plant became legal last year.
the crop has been illegal to grow for nearly 70 years because of it’s close association with marijuana.
On July 1st 2014…  hemp was removed from  Tennessee’s Criminal code under marijuana.
McMinn County Farmer Jeff Eastman is one of the first to get licensed to grow hemp.
"You talk about growing something American, helping our economy, this is one of those things that’s made in the USA," said Eastman.
Most of Tennessee’s hemp will be ready for harvest by September.
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