Hemp Bill Could Help Area Farmers

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Here in West Tennessee, corn and cotton dot the landscape. Soon the debate will begin on whether farmers can grow hemp in the state of Tennessee. State Representative Jimmy Eldridge is gathering the facts about hemp. “There probably is a good use for hemp but we got to look at the legal side of this thing,” Eldridge said. “What else can it be used for. How it can be used, can it be harmful to our society to our citizens to our children.” This month thousands of people came out for Seattle Hemp fest. Hemp is refined into products like hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel. Adrian Eddleman of Jackson sees the positive effect of growing hemp in Tennessee. “The University of Kentucky recently did a study and found it would add 17,000 jobs just to the state of Kentucky if they legalized hemp in the state,” Eddleman said. “I could see that, the law enforcement would have a problem with it,” Troy Kilzer said. Republican Representative Andy Holt of Dresden released this statement to WBBJ: “My intention is to look into Industrial Hemp Production. We realize the onus placed on law enforcement and we are interested in hearing from law enforcement.”

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