Second Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Decriminalize Hemp; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 14, 2018) – On Monday, a second Missouri House committee overwhelmingly passed a bill to decriminalize industrial hemp, setting the foundation 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 decriminalize industrial hemp in the state by removing it from the list of controlled substances. The proposed law includes hemp products in its definition of industrial hemp.

On Feb. 12, the House Rules Committee passed HB2034 by an 8-0 vote. The bill previously passed the Agricultural Policy Committee 10-1.

Final passage of this bill 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.

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