Panel approves tiered system of fees for hemp growers

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Share 4 Tweet Share Email 4 Shares T he Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously passed a bill Friday that sets fees for growing hemp in Vermont. Hemp growers and processors are required to register with the state Agency of Agriculture, which plans to use the fees to regulate the industry and test its products. The crop, a relative of marijuana, was classified as illegal under federal law until late last year , though cultivation in some states, including Vermont, was allowed in recent years.

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