No Dopes When It Comes to Hemp

US--North Dakota has become the first US state to re-legalize the cultivation of hemp, which was one of the nation's largest and most widely used crops for hundreds of years until it was outlawed in 1937.

Hemp is the same plant as marijuana, but it contains only minute quantities of tetrahydrocanabinol (THC), the chemical that causes marijuana's mellowing effect.

Republican Governor Ed Schafer signed a bill in May that allows licensed farmers to legally "plant, grow, harvest, possess, sell, and buy industrial hemp" with no more than .3 percent THC.

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