December 19, 2014

Cuomo signs hemp research bill

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation opening the door for growing and researching industrial hemp in New York.

The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Sen. Tom O’Mara, creates an agricultural pilot program to study ways to cultivate and manufacture products with the multi-use crop. It passed both houses of the State Legislature in the spring.

Colleges and universities, including Cornell, Binghamton University and Paul Smith’s College, have expressed interest in taking part in New York’s research program, Lupardo said.

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