The Fletchers have a 30-acre farm in Vale, Oregon, and commute from their home in Boise to cultivate hemp. They said they would have started a hemp operation in Idaho if the law allowed it. | Courtesy Luke Fletcher

BOISE (Idaho Statesman) — Patty Fletcher and her husband, Randy, reminisced about farming again, recalling the days they grew alfalfa in California decades ago. The Boise couple wanted to return to the lifestyle.

“Working the soil, just growing things is a fun thing to do,” Randy Fletcher said in an interview with The Statesman last month. They finally landed on cultivating hemp, a versatile and popular plant.

The only problem? It wasn’t legal in Idaho. In 2019, the Fletchers instead bought a 30-acre farm across the border in Vale, Oregon. They still maintain their residence in Boise.

Two years…



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