The Louisiana Advocate reports….

Louisiana has started handing out its first licenses to farmers allowing them to grow hemp, as the state agriculture agency finished crafting regulations for the industry here following the Legislature legalizing the growth of the crop last year.

“Our industrial hemp program administrators worked hard to ensure the regulatory framework was in place as soon as feasibly possible and in time for the 2020 planting season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, a Republican.

Strain’s office said the first license to grow hemp was awarded to Nanette Noland, the president of the Powell Group, an investment firm that owns several agricultural businesses.

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