Alaska Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed into law a bill legalizing industrial hemp.

Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 6 today, which was filed by Senator Shelley Hughes. The measure was passed unanimously by both the Senate (18 to 0) and House of Representatives (36 to 0).

The new law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from the definition of marijuana. This effectively removes hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances, allowing it to be grown as an agricultural commodity.  Senate Bill 6 also clarifies that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

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Alaska Bill to Legalize Hemp Passed by Legislature, Sent to Governor

Legislation to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska has been passed by the state’s full legislature, sending it to Governor Bill Walker for consideration.

Senate Bill 6 – filed by Senator Shelley Hughes – was passed today by the Alaska Senate in a unanimous 18 to 0 vote. The vote comes just a few days after the House of Representatives approved the bill, also unanimously (36 to 0). The measure now goes to Governor Walker, who can sign the measure into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it (though the legislature can overturn a veto with a 2/3rds majority).

The proposed law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from the definition of marijuana. This would remove hemp from the state’s controlled substances list, allowing it to be grown as an agricultural commodity.  Senate Bill 6 also clarifies that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

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Alaska Senate Votes Unanimously to Legalize Hemp

Legislation to legalize hemp has been passed by Alaska’s full Senate.

Senate Bill 6 received a unanimous 20 to 0 vote from the Senate yesterday. This puts it before the House of Representatives, where passage will send it to Bill Walker for final consideration. The proposed law would define industrial hemp as an agricultural product and would remove it from the state’s list of controlled substances.

“The commercial possibilities of hemp are numerous and versatile,” says Senator Shelley Hughes (R), who filed the bill with four cosponsors. “Hemp can be used for fiber products, such as clothing and paper, as well as for building materials and insulation, among thousands of other products.”

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