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Lawmakers push bill to allow industrial hemp to be planted in Nebraska

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Nebraska farmers are known for growing corn and wheat... but are they ready to start growing hemp?
State lawmakers have advanced a bill thaw would allow industrial hemp to be planted, harvested, sold and purchased.

Hemp is used to make a variety of items; including rope, clothes, and even automobiles. The plant is controversial because it comes from the same plant marijuana comes from. However these cannabis plants would only contain about 1 percent of THC.
State lawmakers like Steve Lathrop says this plant wouldn't be able to get users high. "We're dealing with a commodity, not getting into the business of marijuana like they are in Colorado."
"This bill is about agriculture. It's really that simple," adds Senator Norm Wallman. "I'm not trying to open the door to recreational marijuana. In fact I'm very much against it."
"If there is such thing as no greener legislation, I believe we might be on it here," said Senator Dave Bloomfield.
Supporters of this bill say there would be an immediate and prominent increase of revenue to the state if it started producing hemp as a cash crop.

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