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Industrial hemp bill re-filed for next session

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State Sen. Jeff Clemens has again filed a bill allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp, the fiber of the cannabis plant that’s used to make fabrics, paper and rope. The bill (SB 554) was submitted Monday. Because hemp is related to marijuana, it’s banned in the states. But the level of THC – the chemical that causes a high – is virtually zero in hemp. Last year, the bill died in the Appropriations Committee. “I understand there are negative connotations, but people have to understand this…

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