In a 93 to 4 vote Indiana’s House of Representatives has given approval to Senate Bill 357, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in the state. The measure (given an amendment was accepted) now heads back to the Senate – which has already approved the measure, unanimously – before heading to the governor for consideration.
The proposal would legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp, as well as hemp oil, for those who become licensed with the state.
According to recent congressional research, the U.S. imports roughly half a billion dollars in hemp from other countries, yet retains the illegality of its cultivation. The same congressional research found that the hemp market consists of over 25,000 various products.