Nebraska senators are touting the agricultural and medicinal benefits of hemp and are likely to revisit the issue next year. Supporters of the crop gathered in Lincoln Friday and briefly raised an American flag made of hemp fibers.
Industrial hemp is a close plant cousin to marijuana with only a tiny fraction of the ingredients that lets marijuana users get high.
Lawmakers approved a bill this year that allows the University of Nebraska to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. Sen. Norm Wallman of Cortland, who sponsored the measure, says hemp can serve as a good rotational crop.
Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue says she's working on legislation that would allow for increased research and access to low-potency hemp oil as a treatment for epileptic seizures.