For the first time, farmers in the state of South Carolina can legally grow industrial hemp.

It’s a plant that comes from the same species as marijuana, but with a much lower concentration of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol.

There are a limited number of farmers able to grow the crop as part of a pilot program in South Carolina allowing only 20 farmers to apply for a permit to grow industrial hemp.

Nat Bradford, owner of the Bradford Family Farm in Sumter, says it’s a big honor. “I’ve always dreamed of what it would be like to grow this crop," Bradford said.

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