Lawmakers have failed to act on legislation to establish activities involving the cultivation of industrial hemp.
AB 215 would have required, “the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to issue licenses that authorize the growing and processing of industrial hemp.”
Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. The crop is commercially cultivated throughout the world.
Last year, members of Congress approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill explicitly authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. Over 20 states have enacted legislation permitting licensed hemp cultivation in a manner that is compliant with this statute.
NORML would like to thank those of you who contacted your state lawmakers in support of this legislation.