After months of pressure from Oregon’s congressional delegation, Oregon State University announced Thursday it has requested federal approval to conduct research on industrial hemp, a non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana.

OSU faculty members have applied to the Drug Enforcement Administration for permission to do the work, which will focus on productivity, yield and growing conditions for hemp in Western Oregon.

That’s something that the state’s representatives in Washington have been advocating strenuously.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon’s 3rd District congressman, helped push through an amendment to the 2014 Farm Bill that allowed state agriculture departments to partner with universities to grow industrial hemp for research in states (such as Oregon) where it is legal to grow the crop, which has a wide range of potential applications from textiles to food.

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