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Bill on industrial hemp heads to governor’s desk

By ANDREA LANNOM

The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill that would allow licensed individuals to lawfully grow hemp is heading to the governor’s desk.

The West Virginia Senate unanimously voted to pass House Bill 2453, which expands the list of people who are currently allowed to grow hemp to individuals who have satisfied the application process.

Last week when the House unanimously voted to pass the bill, Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, explained that hemp had been classified as marijuana but is grown all over the world as an industrial product used in clothing, biofuels, plastic composites and health foods.

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