House Bill 1332, sponsored by Representative Joe Farias, would legalize industrial hemp, which would be defined as having 0.3% THC or less. The measure would establish regulations for those wanting to cultivate the crop, which includes receiving a license from the Department of Agriculture that would need to be renewed on an annual basis.
According to congressional research, the United States imports roughly half a billion dollars worth of hemp from other countries. The same research estimates the hemp market to consist of over 25,000 various products. Despite this, the cultivation of hemp remains illegal.
If approved into law, House Bill 1332 would take effect on September 1st of this year.