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Police investigate more hemp thefts in Vermont

September 27, 2018

GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say thieves are stealing more hemp crops that they may be mistaking for marijuana.

Police said earlier this week that hemp has been stolen multiple times from a farm in Colchester. On Thursday, they reported thieves had also made off with hemp plants in the Georgia and Fairfax areas and 150 drying hemp plants worth more than $7,000 in Barton.

Industrial hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant but doesn’t contain enough THC, the psychotropic chemical in marijuana, to cause any high.

In the Georgia theft, the male suspects were wearing masks and one appeared to have a handgun.

Police say thieves may mistake hemp for marijuana or plan to sell it for its cannabidiol, which is believed by many to have anti-inflammation and pain-relieving properties.

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