In the wake of a new recreational marijuana legalization bill signed on March 31 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, local hemp farmers are weighing their options on the controversial crop. Hemp is marijuana without THC, the chemical that affects the brain and causes inebriation.

Grower Gina Miller of Miller Organics-HEMP Flower POWER in Orleans County said she’d like to start growing recreational marijuana, but is waiting for “absolutes” from the state. Her experience with growing hemp, once that was legal, is that it required an initial investment of more than $50,000.

“I’m going to be sticking with hemp for now, because New York State, even though they said we could sell (hemp)…



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