Virginia’s full House of Delegates has given approval to House Bill 1277, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp for research purposes.
“Industrial hemp can be used as a cheaply produced alternative component in numerous modern products, including fabrics, building materials, composites used in cars and insulation,” says Delegate Joseph Yost, the measure’s primary sponsor. “Virginia has a long history of safe industrial hemp production, as early settlers in Jamestown grew hemp for paper, rope and clothing.”
House Bill 1277 would direct the Department of Agriculture to establish an industrial hemp research program, including determining specific regulation.
The proposal has been sent to the Senate, where its passage would send it to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration.