Kansas man to start hemp farm for research program

September 02, 2018 - 11:49 am

A central Kansas man is preparing to start an industrial hemp farm as part of a new state pilot program.

The Hutchinson News reports that PJ Sneed plans to open the Always Sunny Hemp and Bee Farm in western Reno County. The farm comes after Gov. Jeff Colyer signed the Alternative Research Act in April allowing the Kansas Department of Agriculture to oversee the growing of industrial hemp through a research program. Sneed and his wife plan to participate in the program.

Sneed recently retired after more than two decades as a burn trauma nurse at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. During his career, he grew interested in the medicinal uses of hemp.

Sneed can't officially grow hemp until the Agriculture Department finalizes regulations.

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