Industrial hemp pilot program backed by House lawmakers

7 years 7 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 27 2016 Apr 27, 2016 April 27, 2016 8:18 AM April 27, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - State Rep. Jack Montoucet wants to study the growing of industrial hemp. But first he had to persuade his colleagues he wasn't creating a path toward legalizing marijuana.

Montoucet's proposal would allow public colleges or the Department of Agriculture to set up a pilot program to explore whether Louisiana should make growing industrial hemp available to farmers throughout Louisiana.

If the pilot program is successful, Montoucet says he hopes the plant will become a way for farmers to make money in addition to their current crops.

Some lawmakers worried the bill would have unintended consequences.

After a lengthy debate, the House backed Montoucet's proposal in a 67-25 vote Tuesday, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

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