The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously yesterday to legalize industrial hemp across the state, sending the legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf.

The House voted 184-0 on July 10 to approve the legislation, following a state Senate vote earlier this month.

The bill is now on its way to Wolf’s desk. If signed into law, the bill will allow private farmers to grow industrial hemp for research purposes through pilot programs overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture or institutions of higher education.

Hemp is a product that stems from the cannabis plant, and it can be manufactured into products such as paper, clothing, fuel and animal feed.

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Lenay Ruhl ~ Central Penn Business Journal ~