Gov. Noem says South Dakota won't legalize industrial hemp

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has reiterated her opposition to legalizing industrial hemp production in South Dakota, even in the face of new federal rules allowing the cash crop.

Hemp is seen as a possible boon by many farmers, but Noem said in a statement Tuesday that legalizing it would hamper enforcement of marijuana laws.

But the governor also says South Dakota will allow the crop to be transported across the state. Last month, South Dakota police arrested a Colorado man for carrying large bags of what he claims was hemp in his SUV.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new regulatory framework for hemp production last week, saying it will provide new economic opportunities for farmers and pave the way for new products and markets.

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