Yesterday Indiana’s Senate Agriculture Committee gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill 357, a measure to legalize hemp under state law.
“This is a plant that has been used for centuries throughout the world and has tremendous potential,” says Senator Richard Young, the bill’s primary sponsor.
The proposal now moves to the full Senate for debate, where its passage would send it to the House of Representatives; its passage there would send it to the governor for final consideration.says Senator Richard Young, the primary sponsor of the proposal.
“I wish Kentucky wouldn’t always be in front of us,” Indiana Farmers Union member Pam Patrick said during a public hearing for the measure, referring to the fact that Kentucky recently legalized hemp. “When I see industrial hemp, I see money.”
During the bill’s public hearing, not one individual or organization spoke in opposition.
Over thirty countries allow for the cultivation of industrial hemp, including Australia, Canada, Russia, Spain and China.
The United States is the only developed nation that retains the illegality of hemp, according to the Congressional Resource Service.