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Posted on July 11, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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EVALYNN HERMANSKI, granddaughter of Sam and Debra Markowski visits her grandfather's farm and poses in front of the hemp planter. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones

PITTSFORD — “Our secret’s out,” grinned Sam Markowski as he surveyed a dirt field full of different farm equipment. “We’re growing hemp up here in Pittsford.”

A close relative of the marijuana plant, hemp looks and smells just like it, but is absent the mind-altering chemicals found in its biological cousin. Hemp also has a wide variety of uses, most notably of late as the main ingredient in products made with CBD (shorthand for the chemical compound “cannabidiol”).

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