TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators who have resisted proposals to legalize marijuana for medical use are advancing a proposal aimed at making the state an industrial hemp powerhouse.

The state House gave first-round approval Friday on a voice vote to a bill that would allow state universities and colleges to grow industrial hemp and conduct research on it.

The House plans to take a final vote Monday to determine whether the measure goes to the Senate. A 2014 federal law allowed states to set up such programs. Supporters said hemp could become a big crop for Kansas farmers.

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