Nevada’s full Legislature has unanimously passed Senate Bill 305, a proposal to allow colleges and the state’s Department of Agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.
Senate Bill 305 was approved 19 to 0 by the state’s Senate, and 41 to 0 by the House of Representatives. There’s no word yet on whether or not Governor Brian Sandoval will sign the bill into law, let it become law without his signature or veto it, though the legislature clearly has enough votes to override a potential veto.
Specifically, the proposal introduced by Senator Tick Segerblom would allow universities in the state, as well as the state’s Department of Agriculture, to grow and produce hemp for the purposes of researching the plant. The bill was amended to remove language allowing private farmers to cultivate the crop.
Next year voters in Nevada will have the opportunity to legalize the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of recreational cannabis through an initiative that has been placed on the 2016 general election ballot.