COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Governor Henry McMaster signed a new industrial hemp bill Wednesday, making it legal for farmers across the state to grow the plant.

Hemp is used to make everything from fuel to fabric and legislators see more of a profit than an illegal plant.

"To allow our farmers to grow. produce, manufacture, and then sell within our own country a product that should have never been deemed illegal, to begin with," said Rep. Russell Ott.

The bill has been in the works for years, but was highly criticized being that hemp is in the same family as marijuana.

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Andrea Butler ~ WACH.com

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