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'Hemp Road Trip' stops in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A group advocating for the production of hemp is traveling across the country.

On Tuesday, the Hemp Road Trip made a stop in Johnson City.

Rick Trojan who runs a hemp farm in Colorado is behind all of this. He said hemp farms are profitable and can create jobs.

He also said hemp can be used to make food, clothes and even construction materials. Right now the federal government is discussing bills to make the crop legal.

"It's a jobs issue, it's an environmental issue, It's an economic issue," Trojan said. "That's what we're out here to promote. We're on a mission to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which is House Bill 525 and Senate Bill 134 which would declassify hemp as a drug."

Right now, Tennessee does allow farmers to grow hemp under very tight restrictions. Virginia just passed a bill that would allow it, once the federal government does.

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