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The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is investigating two thefts from an industrial hemp farm, according to a Wednesday news release.

In the release, Sheriff Bennie Vick says the two thefts have occurred over the past few weeks, and the value of the stolen hemp plants is estimated to be more than $8,000.

Vick said one juvenile suspect has been arrested, but deputies are working to identify suspects in a second incident. 

"Sheriff Vick would like to explain that while an industrial hemp plant may look and smell like a marijuana plant, there are some significant differences," the release states.

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Hemp is grown for its plant fibers, which are used for textiles or for its oil, which is often sold over the counter as CBD oil. In Illinois, the release states, industrial hemp is tested to ensure it does not contain THC, which is the chemical in cannabis that causes the high feeling. Vick also said that hemp plants are grown in an open field, while cannabis farms are required to have significant security measures in place.

Anyone with information about the hemp theft is asked to call the sheriff's office at 618-997-6541.

— The Southern

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