Hemp farming gets approval from Legislature

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - It's a proposal that supporters say will create agricultural opportunities for Alaskans, and the possibility of a growing hemp industry in Alaska.
The Alaska House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 6 Monday, legalizing industrial hemp and establishing a pilot program for its growth and production.
The bill cruised through the Senate in its concurrence vote this morning.
Senator Shelley Hughes first introduced the bill in January.
Hughes said farmers in the Mat-Su Borough wanted to grow hemp as an inexpensive way to feed livestock.
The bill separates hemp from marijuana's definition and regulations, stating that hemp plants aren't allowed to contain more than point-3 percent T-H-C - the substance that serves as the active ingredient in marijuana.