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Senate Panel OK's Hemp Bill URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n229/a12.html Newshawk: Sledhead Pubdate: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Copyright: 2000 Chicago Tribune Company Contact: ctc-TribLetter@Tribune.com Address: 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-4066 Website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/ Forum: http://www.chicagotribune.com/interact/boards/
SENATE PANEL OKS HEMP BILL
ILLINOIS Supporters of a plan to study hemp as a potential new crop for struggling farmers have scored a small victory.
The Illinois Senate Agriculture Committee voted 6-0 for legislation that would allow a small amount of hemp to be grown and studied. The measure now goes to the full Senate.
Hemp, a close cousin to marijuana that is illegal to grow, can be used in everything from clothing to shampoo. Supporters say it could be a valuable crop. Critics, however, fear legalizing hemp would be taken as a sign of softening attitudes on drug use. They also predict hemp production would make it easier for people to grow marijuana without being detected.