AUSTIN, Texas -- Advocates told the Texas House Committee on Agriculture this week they want to see fields of green hemp across Texas.
They say Texas farmers are well-positioned to be top producers of the crop. But state lawmakers have to give them the green light first.
“Hemp likes hot, dry weather, and we happen to have a lot of that in Texas and it should grow well here,” said Gene Hall, communications director for the Texas Farm Bureau. “If we can add the other components - the processing, the retail - that would be a real boon.”
Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant. But it has low, or untraceable amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.
Hall said the Farm Bureau supports the legalization of hemp farming in Texas.
Click the video link above to watch the full interview with Hall, including how Trump’s trade war is affecting Texas farmers.