New Law Helps CT Hemp Farmers Grow Their Business

Gov. Ned Lamont signed House Bill 7003 into law on Tuesday

The state’s newest budding industry has gotten a boost. Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill into law which puts state standards for hemp growers in line with federal regulations.

The aroma as soon as you walk into the front door of Running Brook Farms makes it clear what one of the crops they’ve been growing all summer long is. 

“We use this warehouse and this trellis system to dry our 2020 hemp crop,” explained Farm Manager Becky Goetsch.

The Killingworth farm was just the fourth of 170 hemp growers to be licensed by the state. 

“We had a great year,” said Goetsch.

About 1,500 plants grown in two greenhouses now hang after harvesting and this budding business is now about to get a boost.

On Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill 7003 into law which allows hemp growers to go from being part of a pilot program into an industry in line with USDA regulations.

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