The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that it said would allow hemp production for medical purposes in states where it is legal.
The legislation was the product of a conference committee chaired by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who authored the measure, as well as Rep. Dan Burton (R, Minn.), who chairs the House Agriculture Committee.
The House bill would allow states to legalize hemp for medical and industrial purposes.
The White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are currently working on a medical cannabis bill that also would legalize it.
“Hemp is an excellent crop, a nutritious one, and we’ve got to keep that in mind as we do our research,” King said in a statement.
“I look forward to the White House supporting this bill.”
The bill would also allow the use of hemp products to make products like textiles, clothing, and furniture.
It is currently illegal to grow or harvest hemp.