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A federal farm bill, approved Wednesday by the U.S. House and expected to pass the Senate, would allow colleges and universities to grow hemp for research purposes in 11 states that permit growth, including Colorado, Montana and Oregon.
Hemp and marijuana are the same species of Cannabis sativa, but hemp is cultivated to be low in THC.
The bill will be numbered, released and assigned to a House committee for public debate.
The farm bill defines "industrial hemp" as "the plant, and any part of such plant, Cannabis saliva L. ... with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis."
The federal measure means little to Utah, Froerer said, except that "it takes away any objection that we’re bumping up against federal law" with his bill.
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