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A group of entrepreneurs, a former United States Attorney, farmers, state legislators, scientists, and environmentalists have petitioned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to change its definition of marijuana to make it easier to grow a wider variety of industrial hemp plants.
The current DEA definition of marijuana is too broad, and wrongly includes hemp, said Andy Kerr, one of the petition authors and a founding board member of the North American Industrial Hemp Council.
Specifically, the DEA prohibits cultivation of any plant belonging to the cannabis sativa family, which includes marijuana and hemp. The latter isn’t an intoxicant and so