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Oregon Agency Accepting Applications From Hemp Farmers

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) - The Oregon Agriculture Department has begun accepting applications to grow industrial hemp, in time for spring planting.

Hemp is the cousin of marijuana that doesn't cause a high.

Historically, the crop was used for rope, but these days it goes into clothing, food and cosmetics as well.

The Hemp Industries Association says that eighteen states have removed barriers to production, but only three reported crops last year: Colorado, Kentucky and Vermont.

Under federal law, hemp is still illegal.

Oregon approved it in 2009, but held off drafting rules. Legal hemp was also in last year's initiative legalizing recreational pot.

The 2009 law requires three-year licenses, which the agency priced at $1,500. The law limits how much of marijuana's psychoactive ingredient that hemp can have.

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