Colville Tribes enters growing hemp industry

 

Last updated 8/30/2017 at 9:38am

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...



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