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House OKs Hemp Farming

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 4:42am

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House is giving the nod to hemp farmers after passing a bill to protect industrial hemp from being tagged as an illicit drug.

The bill, which passed the House Wednesday without debate, would forbid industrial hemp, a botanical cousin to marijuana, from being listed as a controlled substance. It would only go into effect after the Drug Enforcement Agency certifies that at least two other New England states have adopted such legislation.

Supporters say hemp was once an important crop in the United States, but has not been grown in New Hampshire for decades. They say the plant has low levels of THC, a principal chemical in cannabis, than marijuana and can be used for a variety of non-illicit products.

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