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Colorado farmers cautiously experiment with growing hemp




Close up to hemp seeds which were not seperated from the hemp plant.
Close up to hemp seeds which were not seperated from the hemp plant.
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The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has opened up new opportunities for farmers. Not to grow pot plants, but hemp, a related cannabis product that can be used in everything from cooking oils to clothing.

Hemp farms are starting to sprout up in Colorado and state agencies are scrambling to figure out how to regulate them and their products. Those against the crops argue there's no difference between hemp and pot and the cannabis plant is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

But farmers are already testing things out.

Jack Healy reported on this for the New York Times. He joins the show to explain.