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Farmers Prepare To Introduce Hemp To Arizona Agriculture

Arizona is looking to get a head start in hemp farming.

This year, state lawmakers approved and Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law a measure allowing a pilot program allowing Arizona farmers to grow hemp. The new law requires the hemp cannot have more than .3 percent THC — that’s the psychoactive element of marijuana. Farmers who want to grow hemp will also have to get a license from the state agriculture department.

The Show spoke with Chelsea McGuire, the government relations director for the Arizona Farm Bureau, about how big a deal this new law is for farmers in the state.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.