Associated Press - April 26, 2011 4:15 AM ET
RICHMOND, Vt. (AP) - Two Vermont groups are joining hands to promote the use of industrial hemp, the fiber harvested from cannabis plants.
Vote Hemp and Rural Vermont are hosting their second annual Hemp History Week, set for May 2 through May 8.
On May 4, at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, there will be hemp displays, an annual meeting and opportunities to take action in support of hemp. Admission is $10 for adults, free for children and Rural Vermont members.
Rural Vermont is part of a national coalition hoping to make Vermont one of the first states to reap the benefits of hemp.
Hemp can be used to make paper, lotion and other products, and is related to marijuana. Under federal law, parts of an industrial hemp plant are considered controlled substances.
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