With the help of state lawmakers, industrial hemp is now a growing crop across the state of Florida. A new law makes it legal for state industrial programs to administer and oversee the cultivation of hemp.

Researchers at the University of Florida are growing industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp is not marijuana, but they are the same species of plant. One key difference is its chemical makeup.

"Industrial hemp itself is a low THC portion of cannabis sativa and this is the particular plant species that we're working with trying to understand its growth and development," said Jerry Fankhauser, Lead Oversight Manager for UF's IFAS Industrial Hemp pilot project.

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Francesca Stewart ~ WCJB.com

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