Lignum hemp farmer to host statewide Cannabis Conference

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Sauer said thousands of people have expressed interest in the local event, which will feature growing classes as well as a variety of vendors, the arts, live music, demonstrations and refreshments.

In sessions throughout the day, Warrenton lawyer Daniel J. Bounds, a former Marine captain, will explain the new state law that legalized marijuana.

Sauer said the agricultural education component will focus on beginning growers, which most are.

The Lignum grower planted his first hemp crop in 2019 when Virginia lifted its prohibition on growing the plant for CBD or cannabidiol, a less-psychoactive chemical compound found in hemp and marijuana.

This summer is Sauer’s third growing season, after he left an executive career in the IT field.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Sciences authorized his farm, but has not been overly burdensome with regulations, the farmer said.

Sauer sees marijuana legalization as a great economic opportunity for the community.

“If we were to get on board and embrace the change, we could put ourselves on the map in terms of cannabis tourism,” he said. “If we had cannabis-friendly venues, businesses, cannabis tourism is huge in other states.”

Sauer will stress community involvement at Virginia Cannabis Conference.

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