Rhode Island House Committee Votes to Legalize Hemp
With 14 to 2 vote, Rhode Island’s House Health, Education and Welfare Committee has voted to pass House Bill 6177, a proposal that would legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp.
Introduced by Representative Cale Keable (D-Burrillville), and cosponsored by Representatives Newberry, Price, Blazejewski, and Slater, House Bill 6177 would allow those who pass a criminal background check to cultivate and produce hemp – including “CBD rich hemp products” – which is defined as having no more than 1% THC.
According to the bill; “Hemp/CBD rich hemp products” means all products made from the plants, including, but not limited to, concentrated oil, cloth, cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, construction materials, plastics, seed, seed meal, seed oil, and certified seed for cultivation.”
House Bill 6177 now heads towards a full House vote.