Saturday morning at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market, a company worked to let the public understand what they believe are benefits of industrial hemp.
I-Hemp of Morgantown has received the first license to plant hemp in West Virginia and will be putting seed in the ground this weekend.
Former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Mike Manypenny, was instrumental in getting the hemp legislation passed so research can be done under the United States Farm Bill.
“We’re working with seven or eight farmers across the state who have provisional licenses to grow industrial hemp under research, under the hospices of WVU and/or the Department of Agriculture, ” said Mike Manypenny.
“The hemp has properties for an economic boom in this state. The coal fields are lying dormant, and they’re ideal sites for large scale growing applications. There’s a lot of land that is useless for anything but and hemp helps to reclaim the environment,” said Martin Biafora, Hemp Association Consultant, Board of the Hemp Growers Association and part of Morgantown Company I-Hemp.
Supporters feel that it could be a great windfall for the state if Industrial and other forms of Hemp were legalized.