A farm in central New York is the first to legally grow hemp in 80 years as part of a new pilot program to explore hemp's industrial use.

ALBANY -- New York’s efforts to develop an industrial hemp industry are getting help from a new state law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Friday signed a bill that will let industrial hemp to be sold and transported under an existing pilot program in the state.

The measure comes after the 2014 law that allowed for research of industrial hemp by colleges and farmers -- a move that aims to help farmers develop a new marketable crop.

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