In a unanimous vote, Tennessee’s Senate has voted to pass House Bill 2445, a measure to legalize hemp. The proposal has already passed the full House of Representatives, and now heads to the governor for consideration.
Under the proposed law, those who become licensed with the state’s Department of Agriculture would be legally allowed to cultivate and sell industrial hemp. The bill is sponsored by Representative Jeremy Faison and Senator Frank Nicely.
If signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam (or allowed to become law without his signature), farmers could begin cultivating legal hemp by the beginning of next year.