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WA State Lawmakers Consider Launching Industrial Hemp Industry

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SPOKANE, WA - With recreational marijuana legal in Washington state, state lawmakers are discussing whether or not the state should also launch an industrial hemp industry.

Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant. But it has much less THC -- the active ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. 

Advocates say the hemp plant also has thousands of industrial uses, and could provide a new cash crop for farmers. 

The state Senate is considering a bill that would authorize Washington State University to conduct a study of the feasibility and possible value of an industrial hemp industry in Washington.

State residents passed Initiative 502 in 2012, which legalized recreational marijuana and gave new life to the hemp movement.

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