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Colville Tribes enters growing hemp industry


Members of the Colville Business Council stand in the middle of a hemp field on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Pictured from left are: Larry Allen, Edwin Marchand, Andy Joseph Jr., Willie Womer, and Chairman Dr. Michael Marchand. - Jacob Wagner photo

The Colville Confederated Tribes is now the first tribe with a permit to grow hemp, and growing some of the only hemp in the United States today.

The U.S. hemp industry is estimated to have brought in $688 million in revenue in 2016 and has been steadily growing by about 25 percent a year, with projections at $1.8 billion in 2020, according to Hemp Business Journal.

A 60-acre organic hemp crop growing in the Swawilla Basin near Keller Ferry is the first step in researching the possibilities for the tribe in growing and processing the versatile flora, and expansion of the farm is already bei...

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