An Arizona bill to legalize hemp has been passed by its second House committee.
Senate Bill 1337 passed the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday with a 12 to 1 vote, roughly two weeks after it passed the House Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Earlier this month the measure passed the full Senate 26 to 4.
The legislation would authorize industrial hemp production, processing, manufacturing, distribution and commerce, and designates industrial hemp “as an agricultural product that is subject to regulation by the Department [of Agriculture]”. It would prohibit the state from “restricting a person from growing industrial hemp based on the legal status of industrial hemp under federal law.”