A bill to legalize hemp farming in Indiana has cleared its first hurdle.
The state Senate's Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously for the bill that would allow Indiana to follow Kentucky and eight other states in allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp if and when the federal government allows it.
The U.S. outlawed hemp production in 1957 because of confusion with hemp's cousin - the marijuana plant.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Richard Young of Milltown who says farms in Southern Indiana were well known for growing hemp in the 1930's and 40's.
The Senator believes it could be a big cash crop for farmers now.