Via RLK we get this AP story by James MacPherson. I don't have a link since I received this in an email & haven't figured out how to get to the original source. Anyway, it's a step in the correct direction. Here are the opening paragraphs.
North Dakota farmers may start applying for state licenses to grow industrial hemp next year but no seed may be sown until federal drug agents approve, Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says.
"We'll see where it goes," said Johnson, who has been pushing industrial hemp as a crop in North Dakota for more than a decade. "Hopefully, North Dakota will be the first state where producers can grow hemp for legitimate uses."