JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 15, 2018) – A bill filed in the Missouri House would legalize industrial hemp, setting the stage to nullify federal prohibition of the plant in practice.
Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Washington) introduced House Bill 2034 (HB2034) on Jan. 10. The legislation would legalize industrial hemp in the state by removing it from the list of controlled substances.
This would open the door for a full-scale commercial hemp market in Missouri by treating it as any other crop for farming.
HB2034 would not require any license to grow hemp, and it would create no state regulatory structure. This would have a similar effect as a bill passed in Connecticut in 2015. In short, the state would treat industrial hemp like other plants, such as tomatoes. By ending state prohibition, residents in Missouri would have an open door to develop a commercial hemp market in the state, despite ongoing federal prohibition.
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 the 2014 farm bill —
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