South Carolina’s Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee has given approval to Senate Bill 839, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. The measure was approved unanimously.
The proposal now heads to the full Senate, where its passage will send it to the House of Representatives.
If approved into law, hemp cultivation would be explicitly legal in the State of South Carolina; hemp would be removed from the state’s list of controlled substances, making it “lawful for an individual to cultivate, produce, or otherwise grow industrial hemp in this State to be used for any lawful purpose, including, but not limited to, the manufacture of industrial hemp products, and scientific, agricultural, or other research related to other lawful applications for industrial hemp.”
The measure was introduced by Republican Senator Kevin Bryant.