Kristen is the editor of Hemp Industry Daily, where she leads coverage of the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia.
“Hemp is the most exciting new opportunity to hit agriculture in a generation, and its legalization means that cannabis producers long confined so state-level markets are finding opportunities to go national and global. But the rules for growing and selling hemp are changing with lightning speed, especially in Vermont, where regulators are looking at the nation’s first hemp grading system. The fast pace of change makes it more valuable than ever for hemp entrepreneurs to stay connected and share insights at events like the Vermont Hemp Fest.”