Now in Effect: West Virginia Hemp Seed Law Can Further Expand Commercial Market Despite Federal Prohibition

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (June 5, 2018) – Today, a new law establishing a hemp seed certification program in the state went into effect. Enactment of this law paves the way for faster development of the state’s hemp market and will help further nullify federal prohibition in effect.

A coalition of three Democratic senators introduced Senate Bill 475 (SB475) on Feb. 2. The legislation authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture to create and administer an industrial hemp seed certification program in West Virginia.

The Senate passed SB475 by a 33-1 vote. The House approved the measure 97-0. With Gov. Justice’s signature, the law went into effect at midnight on June 5.

Seed certification is vital to growing a vibrant hemp industry. A shortage of usable certified seed throws up one of the biggest barriers to hemp research and farming. Few domestic seed sources exist, and the federal government strictly regulates importation and transportation of hemp seeds. By creating a program to encourage the development of certified seed in the state, it will open the door to vastly expand the hemp market in West Virginia.

Colorado became the first state in the country to create a certified seed

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