Connecticut's New Hemp Industry Beginning to Take Off

Connecticut's hemp industry is beginning to take off.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced this week that the state has licensed 82 hemp growers, two processors, and 21 manufacturers under a pilot program the Democrat signed into law earlier this year.

The law allows for the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and manufacturing of hemp plants and by-products in the state. In total, there are 294 acres of land being used to grow hemp in Connecticut.

Under the law, which created a new industrial hemp research project, anyone who plans to manufacture hemp products that are consumed in any way by people -- such as food products, lotions or oils -- must obtain a license from the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Lamont said the program is creating more opportunities in the agricultural industry.

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