Hemp

Hemp plants at Green Mountain CBD's farm in Hardwick, taken earlier this year.
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Growing hemp became legal in Vermont in 2013 and today more than 90 people are registered to grow it here. Vermont Edition looks at the differences between hemp, CBD (Cannabidiol) and marijuana, and where these industries and products are in Vermont today.

Jay Burstein, who makes ukuleles out of hemp like the one he's holding above, attended this year's Hemp Fest at Burke Mountain Resort on Sept. 9.
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On Saturday, Sept. 9, about 400 people gathered at the Burke Mountain Resort for Hemp Fest, a daylong series of workshops and displays focused on the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Jon Kalish / VPR

Growing hemp is legal in Vermont under legislation that Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law last year, though federal law does still define hemp as a controlled substance. A dozen Vermonters have registered with the Agency of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp, and few of them were able to procure seeds for planting this spring.