Czech entrepreneur says going it alone, quality keys to success

Hana Gabrielova of HempointHana Gabrielova's firm, Hempoint, makes a range of products in the food-and-drink and health categories.

If the late Jack Herer could visit Hana Gabrielova’s hemp operation in Jihlava, Czech Republic, he’d no doubt be impressed. From 1.5 hectares (ha) — or 3.7 acres — she planted in 2010, Gabrielova’s firm, Hempoint, has steadily boosted local hemp fields by working with neighboring farmers — with around 100 ha (about 250 acres) under the crop this year.

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