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Minnesota farmer's hemp maze aims to educate about crop

Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A Minnesota farmer is foregoing the corn and inviting visitors to test their wits in a 2-acre hemp maze.

Ted Galaty, owner and operator of Hemp Maze Minnesota at Willow's Keep Farm, situated just south of Zumbrota, said he wants to use the maze to educate the public about industrial hemp, which is distinct from its cousin, marijuana.

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"Industrial hemp is usually grown for its food, its fiber or it's grown for the medicinal side of it," Galaty told WCCO-TV, "not to get people high."

The maze was created in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

"As far as I know it's the only hemp maze in Minnesota and probably in the United States," he said.

The maze is open from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. CDT on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.

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