After decades, hemp no longer is illegal to grow. Licenses are being issued to farmers in Arizona interested in producing the multi-use crop.
Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc., said he wants to see part of Golden Valley become a productive agriculture operation focusing on hemp. It’s supposed to be a place that provides those who work the land an opportunity to benefit financially and better their lives.
“What we didn’t do in the ’60s, we’ll do in our 60s,” Perlowin said about the land. Portions will be used to benefit segments of the population. Some also will be devoted to helping Keepers of the Wild.
He created a contest on 300 acres of land devoted to growing hemp to produce products made with cannabidol (CBD). The contest, expected to last about six months, has been named the “Great American Hempathon.”
“This is an opportunity for those who are directly involved or would like to be involved in the hemp industry to get seen, be heard and get started,” according to Perlowin.
Water pipes will provide plenty of water for the plants. RV sites are being prepared so people can stay on the land during the grow.
And “our live streaming video cameras will allow the world to watch the ‘The Great American Hempathon,’ in real time,” according to a news release about the event.
Entrants are asked to pay $10,000 to enter. People who demonstrate outstanding products and processes will receive prize money from a $100,000 purse.
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