80 years after hemp outlawed in Pennsylvania, state looks to triple permits

By Wallace McKelvey, Pennlive.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is eyeing a major expansion of its resurgent industrial hemp industry, offering more than three times the number of permits currently issued as part of a pilot program.

Hemp, once a major cash crop used to make rope and other textiles, returned to the state last year as the state approved 16 research projects that cultivated less than 50 acres. In 2018, the state plans to open 50 permits that, combined, may cultivate a maximum of 5,000 acres.

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