ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a late-session push to boost the state's budding hemp industry, introducing a bill late Saturday that would treat the plant more like other agricultural crops in New York.

Cuomo's bill would change the state's agriculture law to include industrial hemp as an acceptable crop seed, requiring the state to come up with quality benchmarks that make sure the seed is adapted to the state's climate and has low levels of THC.

The legislation would also require the state's economic-development branch to consider industrial hemp for research and business funding.

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