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May 24, 2014

House votes to legalize industrial hemp research

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow industrial hemp research.

Two bills passed Thursday would allow the state agriculture department, a college or a university to grow industrial hemp for agricultural or academic research. Hemp being grown for research purposes would be excluded from marijuana laws in the Public Health Code.

The changes come in response to the new federal farm bill, which allows agriculture departments to designate hemp research projects in states that allow hemp growing.

Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana's active ingredient. It can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food.

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