The 40 or so people gathered in conference room 502B at Los Angeles Convention Center came from starkly different backgrounds.
They included a San Joaquin Valley farmer, a Huntington Beach restaurateur, a Paramount fabric importer and a Denver attorney. Some were in suits and some were in shorts.
But as they networked and shared stories, the depth of their common commercial passion extended to the very fiber of the hemp business cards they exchanged.
Mention hemp to friends over dinner, and you might get stoner jokes from folks who see hemp as just another form of pot. Or you could arouse a zealot who’s convinced hemp is a miracle plant that can save the planet, if only The Man would stop suppressing the truth.
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Those divergent views are about to be tested anew in California.
Marijuana got all the attention last year when voters approved a landmark ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana. But buried in the last few pages of the lengthy measure