Shortly after Connecticut’s full House of Representatives gave approval to legislation that would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp, the state’s Senate has passed the same bill with a unanimous 36 to 0 vote. The vote in the House was 142 to 2.
House Bill 5780 would end hemp prohibition in its entirety, removing hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances. This would allow farmers to cultivate the crop without needing to first receive a license from the state, meaning it would be treated like other agriculture commodities such as tomatoes.
According to an official summary of the bill, it “allows industrial hemp to be grown, used, and sold under state law”.
The proposal now goes to Governor Dannel Malloy for consideration. Malloy has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it, though there’s well more than enough support in the Legislature to override a veto.