With more states allowing legal hemp production and lawmakers finally coming around on the THC-free plant, U.S. hemp output has more than doubled over the past year.

It won’t get you high, you probably shouldn’t smoke it, and it’s not entirely legal, but industrial hemp is having quite the year.

As states around the country continue to sort out a path towards legalizing cannabis for recreational and medical use, production of reefer’s non-intoxicating cousin has exploded.

According to a report from the advocacy group Vote Hemp, the size of America’s annual hemp crop more than doubled in 2017, from 9,770 acres of the industrial crop in 2016 to 23,346 acres produced this year.

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Zach Harris ~ MerryJane.com