Arizona’s full Senate has given approval to the legalization of industrial hemp.
Senate Bill 1337 passed the full Senate with a 26 to 4 vote; this follows a 6 to 1 vote in the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee, and a unanimous 10 to 0 vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee. It now moves to the House of Representatives, where passage will send it to Governor Doug Ducey.
“It’s good policy. It’s economic development, and it’s good for the agriculture community,” says Senator Sonny Borrelli, the bill’s lead sponsor.
According to its official language, Senate Bill 1337:
1. Authorizes industrial hemp production, processing, manufacturing, distribution andcommerce.2. Designates industrial hemp as an agricultural product that is subject to regulation by theDepartment [of Agriculture]3. Requires the Director to adopt rules for the licensing, production and management of industrialhemp and hemp seed and set fees to recover the cost of licensing, testing and supervisingindustrial hemp production.4.Prohibits the Director from restricting a person from growing industrial hemp based on thelegal status of industrial hemp under federal law.5.Declares the Legislature’s finding that the development and use of industrial hemp can improvethe economy and agricultural vitality of the state and that the production of industrial hemp can be regulated soas not to interfere with strict regulation of controlled substances.
Section 4 makes it explicitly clear that the state can’t refuse to implement the law based on hemp’s illegality on the federal level.
Click here for the full text of Senate Bill 1337.