December 4, 2014

Producers ready if NY eases rules on hemp

Press Connects
A controversial plant could fuel a new agricultural and manufacturing boom in New York, say supporters of a law that would ease restrictions on growing industrial hemp in the state.

A bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, would permit hemp to be grown as part of an agricultural pilot program starting next year. It passed unanimously in the Assembly and Senate, where Sen. Tom O'Mara, R-Big Flats, was the sponsor.

It is now awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature. A spokesperson for the governor could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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