How a legal shift in the state took a farm crop from zero to 60 in two years.

Farmer Ben Rooney spent several days last week rushing around Wild Folk Farm in Benton planting 300 seedlings of Maine’s trendiest new crop, industrial hemp.

“We’re kind of in the heat of it now,” he said. It’s an apt expression; hemp is Maine’s hot new crop after nearly a century of falling by the wayside.

The kind of cannabis sativa that doesn’t get you high was once a commonplace crop in New England and throughout America, used to make everything from clothing to rope. 

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