It is now legal to grow industrial hemp in Virginia — but only for some.
A new law went into effect July 1 allowing public universities to grow industrial hemp for research in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Private farms can grow hemp only with a license from the state and a written agreement with a participating university.
Hemp has been prohibited in the U.S. since the 1930s due to its association with marijuana.
Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and James Madison University submitted applications to begin hemp research to the agriculture department, which will review them in coming months. [Read more at the Richmond Times-Dispatch]