Fledgling hemp industry faces existential regulatory threat – Minneapolis Star Tribune

– Luis Hummel last week loaded his 2019 hemp crop — his second and his last — on a truck bound for a CBD processor in Colorado.

After just two growing seasons, Hummel fell on the wrong side of the legal tightrope farmers must walk to raise hemp. A cannabis concentrate he produced that contained too much THC led to criminal charges and an agreement with state regulators that he exit the business “in 2020 and thereafter.”

“It is what it is, but I got my crop,” Hummel said.

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