The Rhode Island House has approved legalizing the growth of hemp.
The House on Thursday approved a bill that would allow hemp cultivation and establish guidelines for it.
Hemp can be used to make textiles, lotions and other products. It is a type of cannabis plant and resembles marijuana, but it’s non-intoxicating.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the state has an opportunity to create a new industry and create jobs.
The House amended the bill to limit the number of licenses issued by the state.
A cultivator’s license would cost $25,000. It would have to be renewed every three years, for a $25,000 renewal fee.
A Senate committee is also considering legalizing hemp growth.
Twenty-two states allow hemp cultivation, but mostly for limited experimental testing and not for commercial industry.
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