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EVANSTON — Among the nearly 500 bills introduced during the 2019 general session of the Wyoming Legislature is House Bill 171, “Hemp and cannabidiol regulation,” which would allow for the production and use of hemp and hemp products throughout the state. The bill passed out of the House Agriculture Committee and to the full House for consideration on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a unanimous 9-0 vote.  Mandy Flint with the Bridger Valley Hemp Association is thrilled with the vote of the committee and the possibility that the production and use of hemp may soon be legal throughout the state. She said she sees hemp as a crop that could breathe new life into family farms across Wyoming, especially in the southwest corner of the state.  Flint said it’s important for people to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana. Marijuana is distinguished by the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance responsible for getting people high. While they belong to the same plant family, Cannabis, there are distinct differences between the two, most significantly THC content. Hemp could be Uinta County’s cash crop

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