October 2, 2014

Pilot hemp crop heralds start of a new industry

The Northern Light
A local woman harvested her first crop of industrial hemp September 29, a milestone for Whatcom County and the state as legislators ponder how to legalize and regulate what could become a major new industry.
With a state recommendation to grow medical marijuana, Sandy Soderberg conducted a pilot study to test how hemp would fare in the soils and growing conditions of Whatcom County. She planted approximately 50 germinated seeds on a plot of land in Birch Bay, and with little assistance the seeds grew into 7-foot plants by late September.

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