Industrial hemp bill proceeds to Oklahoma governor's office

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Legislation paving the way for the production of industrial hemp in Oklahoma is heading to Gov. Kevin Stitt after the state House passed the proposal.

Hemp, like marijuana, is derived from the cannabis plant, but it contains 0.3% or less THC, which is the compound that gives pot its high. Industrial hemp is used in paper, cosmetics, construction materials and other products.

The bill would allow the state Department of Agriculture to develop and manage a hemp production program under the 2018 federal farm bill.

The Tulsa World reports that the House approved the bill Thursday. Stitt is expected to sign the bill.

Rep. Kenton Patzkowski says "farmers in western Oklahoma are very excited about this."

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