EL CENTRO — If industrial hemp emerges, as expected, into a significant crop for Imperial Valley farmers, it may pose headaches for law enforcement, especially the U.S. Border Patrol.

Although industrial hemp was removed from the federal list of controlled substances with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, its widespread cultivation is pending regulatory protocols by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eventually, though, the plant, which is a close cousin of marijuana without the psychoactive properties, is likely to become prevalent.

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