US (IA): Tama lawyer tries hemp farming

The recent legalization of industrialized hemp has opened the doors to a whole new type of Iowa crop.

Allan Richards, a Tama attorney, has obtained a license to grow industrial hemp, and started planting.

“It’s a new market in Iowa,” Richards said. “I’m trying to go with the flow and learn along the way.”

Richards and Iowa officials are learning about the growing of hemp as the crop has not been legally planted for decades.

“The licensing process was only opened up earlier this spring, my license came through in early May,” he said. “It’s like having a garden and raising plants.”


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