Colleges and universities can now apply to participate in a new industrial hemp program that will oversee the research of the crop as a possible addition to Oklahoma's agricultural landscape.

Lawmakers this year approved the pilot program.

Individuals cannot hold a license, but they can contract with colleges and universities to produce hemp for industrial use.

Farmers in the state once grew hemp and used its fibrous product for things like cloth sacks and rope.

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