RALEIGH, N.C. - The field where corn grew last year could be covered this summer in plants that look a lot like marijuana.

North Carolina is calling for farmers to grow industrial hemp as part of a statewide test.

The plant, a nonintoxicating cousin of marijuana, can be used to produce many products such as cloth and oils that might open new markets for farmers struggling with low prices on conventional crops.

“There has been a tremendous amount of interest in growing hemp,” said Sandy Stewart, director of the Research Station for the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Resources.

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Jeff Hampton ~ The Virginian-Pilot ~

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