Hemp Research and Growing Bill Passed

- New York could become the 16th state to allow research into an industrial form of marijuana.

The Assembly and Senate passed a bill yesterday that permits the growing and research of hemp.

The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Tom O'Mara.

Hemp is a version of the plant that does not have large amounts of the psychoactive compound THC which produces the high in regular marijuana.

Lupardo says the legislation would allow the state to explore its potential as an agricultural crop.

Hemp can be used to make a variety of goods including textiles, building materials, food, paper, body products, and even biofuels.

The bill is going to Governor Cuomo for consideration.

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