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Farmers File Suit for Right to Grow Hemp

Posted Nov 12, 2007 11:01 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Two North Dakota farmers have filed a lawsuit that asks a federal judge to force the Bush administration to allow them to grow hemp.

The Washington Post calls hemp “a strait-laced cousin of marijuana” that is found in everything from fabric to food. It has such a small amount of the active ingredient in marijuana that "you could smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole and it's not going to provide you with a high," said one of the farmers, Wayne Hauge.

Growing hemp is illegal in the United States without federal approval. The administration has asked U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland of Bismarck to dismiss the case.

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