The Texas House last week gave a unanimous green light to House Bill 1325, which would allow our farmers to legally grow industrial hemp — a move we share in applauding as a victory for our state economy. The bill passed with a 144-0 vote and now heads to the Texas Senate for deliberation.

A cousin of the marijuana plant, hemp is the less-fun relative: It might serve as the textile for the tablecloth at family gatherings, but it won’t be the one that has dabblers doubled-over giggling while raiding the fridge for leftovers in the middle of the night. That’s because hemp contains low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive element in marijuana known as THC.

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