South Carolina’s Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 839, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in the state. The proposal now moves to the full Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The proposal, introduced by Republican Senator Kevin Bryant, would remove hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances, explicitly allowing its cultivation in the state.
More specifically, the measure would;
AMEND TITLE 46 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO AGRICULTURE, BY ADDING CHAPTER 55 CONCERNING INDUSTRIAL HEMP; TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS LAWFUL TO GROW INDUSTRIAL HEMP IN THIS STATE; TO CLARIFY THAT INDUSTRIAL HEMP IS EXCLUDED FROM THE DEFINITION OF MARIJUANA; TO PROHIBIT GROWING INDUSTRIAL HEMP AND MARIJUANA ON THE SAME PROPERTY OR OTHERWISE GROWING MARIJUANA IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO INDUSTRIAL HEMP TO DISGUISE THE MARIJUANA GROWTH; AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.
If approved through the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, it will head to the full Senate, where its passage will send it to the state’s House. It will become law once approved by the governor.