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Hemp: The new gold rush

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Re: “First legal hemp seedlings sprout,” front page, April 29:

What a wonderful state of affairs that Wilson County agriculture is in the vanguard of the coming hemp revolution. Young farmers such as Chris Flippo are leading the way for our farmers to take advantage of the economic boom this now-legal crop will usher in.

Due to a misunderstanding years ago, industrial hemp was classified as a drug due to its similarity to marijuana. However, hemp has a minuscule quantity of the psychoactive chemicals that marijuana does. What hemp does have is a myriad of chemicals that are now being researched and whose health benefits are becoming apparent. The chemical that is of the most interest now is cannabidiol, or CBD, that is being added to many products or taken itself as drops. CBD is distilled from the mature hemp plant. The uses of CBD and other parts of the hemp plant bode well for a rosy economic future for farmers who embrace this crop.

Through Chris’ Flippo Farms operation, Wilson County can become a leader in the hemp-CBD boom that has started. Kudos to Chris and his young crew for discerning a trend, grabbing hold and leading by example.

Tom Haitema

Wilson

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