An undated photo shows a black hemp worker using a brake to begin turning the stalk into fiber.
An undated photo shows a black hemp worker using a brake to begin turning the stalk into fiber. University of Kentucky Special Collections
An undated photo shows a black hemp worker using a brake to begin turning the stalk into fiber. University of Kentucky Special Collections

Kentucky hemp was king before steamships, free trade and reefer madness

February 21, 2016 04:10 PM

UPDATED February 22, 2016 04:43 PM

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.