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House Approves Industrial Hemp

hemp field
hemp field

The Indiana House approved a bill that would allow farmers to grow hemp, which is the cousin to marijuana that won’t get you high.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said hemp has more than 25,000 different uses. It’s used to make textiles, rope, medicines and other products. The Senate has already passed the bill now it is up to the governor to sign it.

Industrial hemp production is still not authorized by federal law but the farm bill passed recently by Congress would allow universities and agriculture departments to research it in states where lawmakers have legalized it.

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