Cannabis supporters call it the “green rush” as interest among farmers to plant hemp, which is a close cousin of marijuana, continues to increase.
Several thousand people showed up to a packed KCI Expo Center to learn about growing and harvesting cannabis and hemp.
“I’m very interested in having a distributorship and growing some medical marijuana and some hemp,” said Todd Leonard, who owns a bar in St. Joesph, Missouri.
Leonard said he wants to help sick people, whose symptoms could be mitigated by medical marijuuana.
"I see a lot of old people and I don’t want to see them suffer,” he said.
Leonard attended the Cannabis Education & Business Start Up event to network with others of a similar mind.
“I know I kind of want to get in with a small business and kind of make it the Amazon of whatever weed,” said Aspen Sennewald, a student at Mizzou.
Sennewald hopes to get her foot in the door of a growing industry — no pun intended.