Researchers Rush To Answer Questions About Newly-Legal Hemp Crops

HARRISBURG, PA (WITF) – Alyssa Collins said she has been fielding around five phone calls every day from people with questions about hemp–and that’s not even counting the emails. Collins directs Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Lancaster County, where researchers are part of a multi-state, USDA-supported study into different varieties of hemp that can be used for food and fiber. Pennsylvania approved more than 300 permits to farm industrial hemp this growing season, after Congress loosened restrictions on the crop last year. Hemp was long banned because of its relationship to marijuana, but it does not have enough of the psychoactive compound THC to produce a high. So now, researchers like Collins are trying to clear up uncertainties about the crop.

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Preliminary Trials To Begin In Penn State Hazing Death

(State College) — Hearings related to the hazing death of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza begin today in Centre County Court. Piazza died in February after falling down stairs while dangerously intoxicated during a hazing ritual at campus fraternity Beta Theta Pi. He was 19.  No one at the fraternity called for help until the next day, and according to a grand jury report, some attempted to cover up the situation. All told, eighteen Penn State students face charges in connection with Piazza’s death. Those range from involuntary manslaughter to aggravated assault. Their upcoming hearings are preliminary, which means the presiding judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence in the case before moving to a full trial.