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Will Vermont move forward with commercial hemp?

By Owen Weldon     Mar 20, 2013 in World
Teo Zagar is a representative from the state of Vermont that spoke recently about the progress that the state has made in moving towards commercial hemp production, and gives a few reasons why there is a good chance commercial hemp may be legalized.
According to sources, Zagar said that he was not an expert in hemp, but he thinks that it can be used for various things. He went onto say that it is also more friendly for the environment in regards to how it is grown, as well as processed, than the alternatives.
Zagar went onto say that he thinks the bill that has been proposed has a good chance of moving forward for another big reason; the economic potential, which are the jobs.
According to The daily Chronic, the proposed bill will see commercial cultivation legalized and regulated starting this July, if passed.
If the bill passes, then adults who are 21 or older will be allowed to posses up to two ounces of marijuana. Adults will also be able to privately grow marijuana plants, up to three. They will also be able to posses marijuana paraphernalia.
According to Metro West Daily, state Rep. Chris Walsh, D-Framingham, said that commercial hemp is grown in Canada as well as other places all over the world. Walsh said that it is a good, natural crop and it actually has nothing to do with marijuana, and it as everything to do with supporting agriculture.
National lawmakers are also pushing to allow hemp cultivation, which includes Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul. The two say that the measure would be a boon for agriculture in the state of Kentucky, where lawmakers in the state are already taking steps to legalize industrial hemp.
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