Hemp industry representatives set out on Capitol Hill to press their case to ease federal restrictions on the cash crop, one they say has lucrative future in the U.S.

Hemp supporters got legislation introduced in the last Congress that would have excluded industrial hemp from the definition of "marijuana," allowing for its large-scale cultivation and usage in products like fabrics, health-care items and building materials.

The House and Senate versions got nearly 100 bipartisan cosponsors combined for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, but neither advanced.

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