Newscast: Monday, April 29, 2013, 7:34 a.m.
It’s been five years since hemp was declared a legal crop in Vermont. But there’s a catch. The law takes effect only if the feds declassify the plant—which is related to marijuana—as a controlled substance. Federal law still forbids growing hemp. But a new bill with wide support would legalize hemp in Vermont, despite the federal ban. A wood pellet plant in Clarendon has shut down temporarily following a fire that was set off by an explosion in a sawdust hopper. A standout high school basketball player in Enosburg has died following a two-vehicle collision.