Lawmakers Propose Bill To Allow Hemp Production

State lawmakers are going to be taking up the issue of hemp production. Some say it's a growing industry, others fear it's a step towards legalizing marijuana.

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State lawmakers are going to be taking up the issue of hemp production. Some say it’s a growing industry, others fear it’s a step towards legalizing marijuana.

Hemp production is already going on in 28 other states. It’s used to make everything from building materials, car parts, to food. Lawmakers are looking to add Alabama to the list but an uphill battle will be to change the perception of what hemp actually is.

Hemp and marijuana are in the same family, but researchers say hemp only has a trace amount of the chemical in marijuana that creates the psychological effects.

The proposed bill would allow research universities and the department of agriculture to begin the process of hemp production.

Sen. Paul Bussman, (R) Cullman said, “We are looking to see and be assured that industrial hemp grows well in Alabama, that it does well in Alabama and that we get the production and growth that we expect to get.”

Rep. Ken Johnson, (R) Moulton said, “Our farmers I believe are entitled to any opportunity that’s available in any other state.”

The bill is expected to be filed tomorrow and is like to be in committee next week.

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