An estimated 2,500 acres of hemp were planted in North Carolina in 2017, split among open fields, greenhouses and grow rooms.

North Carolina farmers are harvesting the first legal hemp crop in decades, and the state is poised for a substantial increase in production for 2018, according to David Schmitt, chief operating officer of Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC.

Hemp hasn’t been grown legally in North Carolina since the 1940s, when the federal government briefly encouraged its cultivation to satisfy the need for natural fibers during World War ll.

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