CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Gov. Mark Gordon has signed into law a measure that puts Wyoming on a viable path for industrial hemp production.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Gordon signed House Bill 171 on Wednesday.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Bunky Loucks, of Casper, allows for hemp to be grown in the state, along with the production and sale of hemp-based products, including ones containing CBD oil.

Loucks said the ability to grow hemp will be an immense benefit to the agricultural community.

The growing market for industrial hemp, and the potential for the state to become a manufacturing hub for hemp-derived products, could provide growers with a new cash crop.

Christine Bekes, of Powell Economic Partnership, says the measure could be a major boon to Wyoming's economy.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 41 states allow hemp cultivation and production

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