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By Tracy Thompson
The Times 

Burgeoning Hemp Industry Gains a Foothold in Walla Walla County


October 3, 2019

Gail Gwinn

Sharp-eyed travelers on Middle Waitsburg road might have noticed a distinctive looking crop on a field there this summer. The large, leafy plant seen growing is hemp, and a nearby sign identifies the company associated with it as New West Genetics. New West Genetics develops seed varietals for products intended for the nutraceutical cannabinoid industry, the brewery industry, and in the human/animal food nutrition markets.

Although the crop may look like marijuana, it is specifically bred as a "low THC cannabis." THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuan...

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Reader Comments(1)

Connect writes:

An excellent article by the Times regarding investments in hemp production. Folks driving by the Blue Mountain Station Artisan Food Park just outside of Dayton may have noticed a new second building, this will provide for a hemp operation. So once again the Port of Columbia and Dayton are providing leadership and investments to increase economic development and serve agricultural businesses and job growth. Education may be necessary to ensure the public understands the safety of hemp production.


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