Kansas took its first step this past week in joining 40 other states in the U.S. that are growing industrial hemp, according to a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

A law passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed by Gov. Jeff Colyer on April 20 — the unofficial holiday for hemp’s psychotropic cousin, marijuana — allowed research-based production of industrial hemp in Kansas.

The production of hemp, which does not share the “high” inducing chemical compounds of marijuana, will be monitored by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

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Chance Swaim ~ Wichita Eagle ~