In New York, a pilot study of industrial hemp is under way in Sullivan County as some 2,000 seeds were planted Wednesday.
SUNY Sullivan and The Center for Discovery, along with Colorado-based CW Hemp, will study the cultivation of biodynamic, organic industrial hemp, a plant that has the potential to provide medicinal benefits. The college and the center will begin to raise “Charlotte’s Web” hemp plants on The Center’s Thanksgiving Farm in Hurleyville. The plant is named for a girl who saw her epileptic seizures reduced from 300 plus per week to a few per month after she started using the hemp extract from CW Hemp. The hemp plant research is being conducted through an agricultural license granted to SUNY Sullivan in March under the New York State Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.