BURLINGTON, Vt. (June 8, 2018) – An attempt to make Vermont’s industrial hemp licensing program federally compliant failed this year, allowing farmers in the state to continue developing a viable hemp industry and nullifying federal prohibition in effect.
The comprehensive farm bill (S276) passed by the Senate included provisions modifying the state’s industrial hemp licensing program.
“The intent of this chapter is to establish policy and procedures for growing hemp in Vermont that comply with federal law so that farmers and other businesses in the Vermont agricultural industry can take advantage of this market opportunity.”
The introduced version of S276 did not include the hemp provisions. They were approved by the Committee on Natural Resources and Industry after they were introduced by committee chair Sen. Christopher Bray (D- New Haven). The version including the hemp provisions was passed by the Senate
The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment proposed by Rep. Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) to strike the hemp provisions out of the bill. That version ultimately passed the House and was approved by the Senate. That means Vermont farmers will be able to continue growing industrial hemp for commercial purposes despite federal law to the contrary.
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