China, where the cannabis plant originated, remains adamantly opposed to REC legalization, and trafficking can carry the death penalty. But the country is bullish on hemp, the WSJ reports:
The heart of these efforts is in Yunnan in southwestern China, the first province to make it legal to farm cannabis on an industrial scale. Here, farmers have planted vast plots of hemp that tower above their heads and stretch for miles. In the fall, those leaves and flowers are hand-harvested, sun-dried and turned into CBD powders and oils for export.
Meanwhile stateside, at Medium, there’s an interesting piece about the lengths farmers go to to ensure their hemp crop is below 0.3% THC. Crops that fail the test are considered “hot” and have to be destroyed at the grower’s expense.