Arizona Governor Signs Hemp Bill Into Law

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed into law a bill establishing an industrial hemp pilot program.

Governor Ducey signed Senate Bill 1098 earlier today, providing funding for the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s (AZDA) agricultural pilot program allowing universities and those with a license from AZDA to begin cultivating industrial hemp. The law defines hemp as having 0.3% THC or less.

“This bill opens Arizona to the possibility of a new agricultural product,” said Governor Ducey in a press release. “I’m glad to sign a bill that could have a positive economic impact for the state.”

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Arizona Committee Votes Unanimously to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Arizona’a House Land, Agriculture and Rural Areas Committee has voted unanimously in favor of legislation that would legalize industrial hemp.

The legislation has already been approved by the state’s full Senate, and now needs to be passed by the House of Representatives in order to be sent to Governor Doug Ducey for consideration. Ducey vetoed a similar bill last year, though advocates are hoping that backlash from the move will lead him to consider at least allowing it to become law without his signature.

“It uses nine times less water than cotton,” says Senator Sonny Borrelli (R), the bill’s primary sponsor. “This will help our cotton growers to be able to rotate in another crop. They only get one planting a year of cotton, this can be planted once a year and at least four cuttings”.

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Arizona Legislature Approves Measure to Legalize Hemp

Legislation that would legalize hemp has been given approval by the Arizona’s Legislature.

Senate Bill 1337 has been passed by Arizona’s full legislature, sending it to Governor Doug Ducey for consideration. Ducey now has the option of signing the measure into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it. It his was to veto it, the legislature could overturn it with a 2/3rds majority, which the bill seems to have (it passed the Senate 26 to 4 and the House 53 to 2).

If the measure does become law, it would be legal to produce, process, manufacture and distribute hemp; it would designate 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.”

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Second Arizona House Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp, Already Passed Senate

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.”

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Arizona House Committee Approves Hemp Legalization Bill, Would Explicitly Bypass Federal Law

An Arizona bill to legalize hemp passed a House committee today with a 7 to 1 vote; it’s already passed the full Senate.

Senate Bill 1337 passed the House Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, moving it to the House Appropriations Committee. The measure passed the Senate earlier this month with a 26 to 4 vote.

The proposed law; “Authorizes 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]”.

Interestingly the measure “Prohibits the Director from restricting a person from growing industrial hemp based on the legal status of industrial hemp under federal law.”

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Arizona Senate Passes Hemp Legalization Bill

Arizona’s full Senate has given approval to the legalization of industrial hemp.

Senate Bill 1337 passed the full Senate with a 26 to 4 vote; this follows a 6 to 1 vote in the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee, and a unanimous 10 to 0 vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee. It now moves to the House of Representatives, where passage will send it to Governor Doug Ducey.

“It’s good policy. It’s economic development, and it’s good for the agriculture community,” says Senator Sonny Borrelli, the bill’s lead sponsor.

According to its official language, Senate Bill 1337:

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Bill to Legalize Hemp Passes Two Arizona Committees, Would Prohibit State From Following Federal Law

Two Senate Committees in Arizona have back-to-back approved a bill that would explicitly legalize industrial hemp.

Senate Bill 1337 was approved by the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee on Monday with a 6 to 1 vote. The next day it was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee with a unanimous 10 to 0 vote.

The proposal – which has 29 bipartisan cosponsors – now moves towards a vote in the full Senate, where its passage would send it to the House of Representatives. Passage in the House would send it to Governor Doug Ducey for final consideration.

Specifically, Senate Bill 1337:

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