Washington’s hemp industry has started slowly; less than a year old, it’s already at a crossroads
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An entrepreneur at the forefront of establishing hemp in Washington says that he has harvested his first crop but doesn’t know what he’ll do with it, underlining the unpredictable future for sober cannabis in the state.
Cory Sharp said Oct. 9 that he figures he can store for a couple of years an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 pounds of hemp grain. He said he’s trying to line up financing for a plant to make hemp-seed oil, sold as a nutritional supplement.
“It’ll take millions to do it right,” he said. “It’s a lot of capital, and there are a lot of hurdles.”
Sharp, owner of HempLogic, oversaw last spring the first planting of hemp under rules set down by the Washington State Department