ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) –Some farmers in central Virginia are eager to grow a crop that comes from the same plant as the drug marijuana.Hemp growers are finding new hope in Virginia laws set to take affect this summer.Virginia lawmakers passed HB 1277 and SB 955.
So starting July 1, farmers throughout the commonwealth could be chosen to grow hemp, but only for university research.
“We are in a hot zone for hemp and I think the news is that the light bulb is starting to come on for a lot of people,” says Jason Amatucci.
“My hope is that I can grow a crop that good for me, good for my soil, good for my community and my food system and there’s absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be allowed to grow it,” says Brian Walden, owner of Steadfast Farm.
The Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition says the law allows nine types of research universities can conduct, including the economic impact of hemp as a cash crop.