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SD Lawmaker Expects Another Push For Hemp

February 24, 2014, 8:32 AM

SD Lawmaker Expects Another Push For Hemp
YANKTON, SD -

A South Dakota lawmaker expects another attempt in the Legislature next year to push for the easing of restrictions on hemp production.

A resolution urging the federal government to reconsider hemp's status as a controlled substance and recognize its viability as a crop was approved in the House but not in the Senate. Rep. Stace Nelson of Fulton says he expects another measure next year.

Hemp is a non-hallucinogenic cousin to marijuana, but federal law doesn't distinguish between the two. Farmers can't grow the plant that can be used for a variety of products, from ropes to lotion.

A provision in the farm bill allows for research plots of hemp in states that permit its cultivation. North Dakota is one, but South Dakota isn't.

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