JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 8, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi House would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice.
Rep, Joel Bomgar (R-Madison) introduced House Bill 390 (HB390) on Jan. 5. Under the proposed law, industrial hemp would be treated as an agricultural crop subject to regulation by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
“Industrial hemp production and possession, and commerce in industrial hemp commodities and products, are authorized in this state. Industrial hemp is an agricultural product that is subject to regulation by the department.”
The legislation directs the department to set up a licensing and regulation program for both hemp and hemp seed production. While HB390 would legalize cultivating hemp for “commerce” in defiance of federal law, how the program functions in practice would depend in large part on how the Department of Agriculture and Commerce wrote the licensing guidelines.
FEDERAL FARM BILL
In 2014, Congress cracked the door open for hemp in the U.S. with an amendment to the 2014 Farm Bill. The law allows hemp cultivation for research purposes, but prohibits “commercial” production.
The “hemp amendment” in …
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