Oregon Man Licensed To Grow Hemp, Needs Seeds To Plant

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon state regulators have issued the first license to grow industrial hemp in Oregon.


Now, Capital Press reports, Edgar Winters of Eagle Point just has to figure out how to get seeds to plant.

That was a question last year in Kentucky and Colorado, two states in the forefront of growing hemp for products such as clothing, food and cosmetics.

The plant is illegal under federal law, and seeds will have to be imported. Oregon officials say they're working on that.

Kentucky officials say a provision in the new federal budget keeps federal drug agents from interfering with state-approved hemp development.

Hemp is related to marijuana but doesn't cause a high.

Winters says that if he can get a crop in, warehouse and processing facilities are ready to go.

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