Three dozen states have removed barriers to hemp production and categorized industrial hemp as an agricultural crop.

EAGLE COUNTY — Colorado grows almost 40 percent of all the hemp in the country, and more than twice as much as any other state.

Not to be confused with its more famous and psychotropic cousin, marijuana, hemp is used for items ranging from medication and medical research to textiles.

Advocacy group Vote Hemp’s 2017 Hemp Crop Report says hemp cultivation more than doubled this year, from 9,770 acres in nationwide in 2016, to 23,346 acres this year.

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