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Group wants state to legalize farming, manufacturing of hemp in Tenn.

January 21st, 2014 11:17 am by Gary B. Gray, NET News Service

Group wants state to legalize farming, manufacturing of hemp in Tenn.

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The Hemp Industries Association announced last week the establishment of the Tennessee Hemp Industries Association, the national organization’s first state chapter.

This year, the group plans to launch education initiatives to support legalizing industrial hemp farming and industries in the state, and to facilitate a hemp business resource network. The push is aimed at legalizing the plant for agriculture and industrial uses and not necessarily a cry for the right to partake of its smokeable parts.

“The grass roots movement to legalize industrial hemp is quickly gaining momentum, especially at the state level, as business, agriculture and manufacturing sectors realize the value and versatility of this incredible crop,” Hemp Industries Association Executive Director Eric Steenstra said in a news release. “We hope to see more local state chapters partner with the HIA, so we can collaborate and work together toward making hemp farming a reality for farmers across the country.”

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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