In just its second year growing hemp, South Carolina is projecting a 1,200% increase in acres of what many are hailing as the next big cash crop.

This heightened rate of growth is common around the country as states scramble for a piece of the budding market.

Though the Palmetto State is years behind the regional hemp powerhouse of Kentucky, growers here now see opportunity to come into their own and catch up with neighboring states following law changes this spring.

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Jessica Holdman ~ PostAndCourier.com