TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida has always been known for its oranges but a new crop could be springing up across the southern state.

Hemp could join oranges, strawberries and tomatoes as a top Florida crop under a bill unanimously passed by the Senate.

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The bill passed Tuesday with glowing praise from senators who want to help an agriculture industry that’s taken a lot of hits in recent years.

It would create a state program to administer and oversee the growing of hemp for industrial uses to make everything from ropes to building materials to animal feed.

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Republican Sen. Rob Bradley said agriculture has been hit by setbacks ranging from citrus diseases to hurricanes over the last two decades. He said he wants Florida to become a national leader in the hemp industry.

Hemp is related to marijuana but has trace amounts of THC. Bradley said smoking it wouldn’t make people high but rather give them a headache.

A companion House bill is awaiting a floor vote.

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