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STERLING, Colo. (AP) - Rural Logan County in northeast Colorado could soon be home to the state's first industrial hemp greenhouse.

County commissioners have approved an application for a hemp research and development processing facility as well as a 2-acre greenhouse.

The (Sterling) Journal-Advocate reports that the facility would include the first hemp greenhouse in Colorado.

Hemp activist Jason Lauve of Broomfield says the facility will employ between 15 and 25 people.

The goal of the greenhouse will be to develop a stock of hemp seed suited to growing in Colorado.

Colorado currently has a few dozen industrial hemp plots under cultivation, but seeds are expensive and illegal to import from other countries.

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