New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives has voted to approve House Bill 494, a proposal to explicitly legalize the cultivation of hemp without the necessity of receiving a license from the state. It was approved unanimously through a voice vote.
House Bill 494 would remove hemp as a controlled substance in the state, with hemp being defined as having no more than 0.3% THC. Unlike the approach taken by many other states that have approved hemp legislation in recent months and years, House Bill 494 would not require a change in federal law before the measure can be implemented, and would not require those wanting to cultivate the plant to receive a license.
The text of House Bill 494 – which now heads to the state’s Senate– can be found by clicking here. It was introduced by Representatives Elizabeth Edwards (D-Hillsborough), Laura Jones (R-Strafford), Robert Cushing (D-Rockingham), and Michael Sylvia (R-Belknap).