New York Issues More Hemp Permits

Ithaca, New York -

New York State will be giving out six more permits to pilot programs that want to grow hemp.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul attended a hemp summit Wednesday at Cornell University to discuss the benefits and challenges of the industrial hemp farming in the state.


In 2013 it's estimated hemp products sold in the U.S. generated nearly 600-million dollars.

While advocates says hemp family is a great economic opportunity one challenge is getting the seeds.

Other challenges, no pesticides or herbicides have been approved for use on hemp in New York.


The D.E.A. still considers hemp a controlled substance since it's in the cannabis family.


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