With growing operations sprouting up across the state, Utah could soon see a hemp boom

Since the Utah legislature cleared the way for people to grow industrial hemp in Utah last year, 56 licenses have been issued to growers.

Scott Ericson, Deputy Director of The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, says the types of growers vary from those who are experienced in agriculture to total novices.

“There are a lot of experienced farmers taking a portion of their fields saying ‘we want to try this’ and there are some that have a dozen plants trying to grow it in their backyard,” Ericson said.

Hemp is used to produce many products including like CBD oil, which people already use for a variety of ailments. Many see it as a safety alternative to prescription medications.

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