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Regional News: Say what? Some Utah farmers growing Trump and Cherry Blossom cannabis

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By Amy Joi O’Donoghue | KSL 

Who knew there are cannabis strains named Merlot, Cherry Blossom, Tokyo, and even Obama and Trump?

Some of Utah’s farmers do, as they planted a few of these varieties during the 2019 growing season after industrial hemp was legalized across the country as a commodity by President Donald Trump last year.

Kenny McFarland grew cloned plants on 8 acres in Weber County to try it out.

“Trump was super aggressive,” McFarland said of his plants, drawing laughter from a crowded room of farmers at Friday’s annual convention of the Utah Farm Bureau at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.

Farmers paid $500 for a license to grow industrial hemp in Utah over the summer, with 290 cultivation licenses issued by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Of those, 190 were active for a growing season that starts in early summer and a harvest that plays out over September and October.


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