Legalizing Industrial Hemp in Arkansas Opens New Doors for Farmers

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Earlier this year industrial hemp was made legal in Arkansas.

And now, for some farmers, they say that legislation is opening a whole new door.

“Just to use a new crop that could bring in some money in the coming years as a rotation, its exciting,” said Jeremy Fisher, vice president of the Arkansas Hemp Association.

While hemp and marijuana products both come from the cannabis plant, hemp is different in its use, physical appearance, and has a low amount of THC, meaning it can’t get a person high.

The plant is used in more than 25,000 products including fibers, textiles, paper, construction, makeup and food.

The Arkansas Hemp Assoication says harvesting the plant will bring in new jobs.

Next spring the Arkansas State Plant Board will begin issuing licenses for growers, like farmers, for a 10-year industrial hemp research program.

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