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Congress warms up to research on hemp

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WASHINGTON — Hemp is a big winner in the new farm bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

While Congress has shown little interest in legalizing marijuana, members are warming up to industrial hemp, pot’s nonintoxicating sister plant.

For the first time, the farm bill would allow nine states to use hemp for research and academic purposes.

After two years of feuding over food stamps and farm subsidies, the House voted 251-166 to pass the sweeping bill,…

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