An industrial hemp bill that’s already been passed by Maryland’s Senate has been passed through its second reading in the House of Representatives.
The proposed law would establish “an Industrial Hemp Pilot Program to authorize and facilitate the research of industrial hemp and any aspect of growing, cultivating, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, transporting, marketing, or selling industrial hemp for agricultural, industrial, or commercial purposes”. It would require “the Department of Agriculture to certify and register a site that will be used to grow or cultivate industrial hemp; etc.”.
The measure also “excludes industrial hemp from the definition of “marijuana” under criminal law provisions addressing controlled dangerous substances.”
The legislation must now be passed through one final reading in the House before it can be sent to Governor Larry Hogan for final consideration.
For more information on Senate Bill 1201, including a link to its full wording, you can click here.