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Tobacco farmers won’t grow marijuana

Posted on March 29, 2005

Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Ontario’s tobacco farmers won’t be sowing their fields with marijuana seed anytime soon.

Agriculture Minister Steve Peters says the government is looking at alternative crops to replace tobacco.

But he says that won’t include medical marijuana.

He says that’s an issue for the federal government to tackle.

Ottawa allows for the use of medical marijuana and is working toward decriminalizing pot.

While Ontario’s anti-smoking campaign is taking a toll on tobacco farmers, Peters says fruits and vegetables are among the alternative crops being looking at.

He says industrial hemp — the kind you can’t smoke — could also replace tobacco down the road.

Hemp can be harvested to produce paper, clothing fibre and certain oils.

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