SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 6, 2018) – A bill introduced in the California Senate would loosen some regulations on hemp seed and cultivation. Passage of this bill would pave the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market, and further nullify federal prohibition in practice and effect.
Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), along with a bipartisan coalition of three cosponsors, introduced Senate Bill 1409 (SB1409) on Feb. 16. The legislation would increase the availability of industrial hemp seed in California by repealing a requirement that seed cultivars must be certified on or before January 1, 2013, in order to be included on the state’s approved seed list. In effect, this will expand the types of hemp seed available to growers.
SB1409 would also simplify the definition of industrial hemp. Under the proposed law, “industrial hemp” would no longer be defined in the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act as “a fiber or oilseed crop.” Instead, the statute would simply read, “Industrial hemp means a crop that is limited to types of the plant Cannabis sativa L. having no more than three-tenths of 1 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in the dried flowering tops, whether growing or not; the seeds …
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