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Hemp plants tower above researchers who tend to them at a research farm near Lexington, Ky. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the controlled substances list that now associates it with marijuana, its illicit cousin.

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BOISE — A trial date looms for two men charged with drug trafficking in marijuana for transporting what they say were immature hemp plants from one out-of-state farm to another.

In April, police in Ada County arrested Andrew D’Addario, 27, of Colorado, and Erich Eisenhart, 25, of Oregon after a traffic stop, according to audio from D’Addario’s arraignment in Idaho’s 4th District Court.

Tommy Simmons and Emily Lowe are public safety reporters for the Idaho Press. Follow @tsimmonsipt and @EmLoweJourno on Twitter.

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