Indiana’s full Senate has given approval to Senate Bill 357, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. The measure was approved unanimously last week by the Senate Agriculture Committee, and now moves to the House of Representatives, where its passage will send it to the governor for final consideration.
During the bill’s public hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee, not one individual or organization spoke in opposition, while numerous spoke in favor.
“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.
Over thirty countries allow for the cultivation of industrial hemp, including Australia, Canada, Russia, Spain and China, while the U.S. maintains the illegality of its cultivation.