The race to become the United States’ leader in industrial hemp is underway, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday took steps to aid New York in the race.
Cuomo visited the biotechnology building at Cornell University to sign a bill categorizing industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, which gives it the same protections as any other crop.
“One of our main focuses is to continue to grow the economy, drive the economy and create jobs; and one of the main economic engines of this state is agriculture, and we want to be at the cutting edge of agricultural development for the economy,” Cuomo said in a press conference following the signing. “We believe that hemp production has tremendous economic advantages for whatever state is the first to really grow that market.