Signed by the Governor: Arizona Legalizes Industrial Hemp with Federal Approval

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 21, 2018) – Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law legalizing the production of industrial hemp within a research pilot program. Although the law requires federal compliance, it could still be a first step toward developing a full-fledged hemp industry in the state.

Sen. Sonny Borrelli introduced Senate Bill 1098 (SB1098) in January. The law creates a licensing program for the cultivation of industrial hemp “as part of an agricultural pilot program for the purpose of research into the growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp as authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014.”

SB1098 passed the Senate by a 29-0 vote, and the House approved the measure 56-3. With the governor’s signature, the law will go into effect Aug. 3, 2018.

While Arizona’s research only hemp program will not allow a hemp industry to develop in the state, it takes a small step in that direction. In fact, it’s highly unlikely the program will remain federal compliant, even with the state’s best efforts. A recent federal court ruling made virtually every hemp program in the U.S. federally non-compliant.


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