New law allows people to obtain license to cultivate hemp for commercial products.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It’s now legal to grow Rhode Island hemp. A new law that went into effect Jan. 1 allows people to get a state license to cultivate hemp for clothing, oil, food, fuel and other commercial products.

Lawmakers originally wrote the bill so that members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe could grow hemp, but later expanded the language to allow any licensed grower.

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