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Mississippi’s Hemp Cultivation Task Force Holds First Meeting

Mississippi is looking at the pros and cons of growing hemp

Mississippi is looking at the pros and cons of growing hemp. The 2018 federal Farm Bill legalized cultivation of industrial hemp in all 50 states, but now it’s up to the states to decide if they’ll allow it.

The hemp cultivation task force will get in the weeds to figure out how it could help or hurt if the state gave hemp cultivation the green light. The first step is clearing up any confusion.

“We are not talking about growing marijuana,” explained Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson. “Marijuana is a different animal. We’re not legalizing marijuana.”

But that also leads us one of the potential concerns from law enforcement.

“There’s no way to distinguish either by sight or smell between hemp plants and marijuana plants,” noted Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher.


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