WA: Companion Bills Filed to Raise Age for Buying, Selling and Using Tobacco and Vapor Products

A bipartisan coalition of nearly 50 lawmakers have filed companion bills in Washington’s House and Senate to raise the minimum age for purchasing, using and selling tobacco and vapor products.

The measures define a “vapor product” as any “electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device and any vapor cartridge or other container that may contain nicotine in a solution or other form that is intended to be used with or in an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device.”

The proposals notes that vapor products do not “include any product that meets the definition of marijuana, useable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, marijuana-infused products, cigarette, or tobacco products.”

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South Dakota’s Full House of Representatives Votes to Legalize Hemp

legalize hempWith a 57 to 11 vote, South Dakota’s full House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would explicitly legalize the cultivation, production and distribution of industrial hemp.

House Bill 1054, which is sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 40 state legislators, now heads to the state’s Senate for consideration, where its passage will send it to Governor Dennis Daugaard. Before being up for a full Senate vote, however, it will need to get through its assigned Senate committee, the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

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North Dakota Committee Votes 11 to 2 to Legalize Hemp

hemphemphempThe North Dakota House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has voted 11 to 2 to give approval to House Bill 1054, to legalize industrial hemp.

The proposed law, which now moves towards a full House vote, is sponsored by Representative Mike Verchio (R-Hill City) with a bipartisan coalition of 39 cosponsors. If passed into law, it would explicitly legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp for commercial purposes.

Specifically, the bill states that “any person in this state may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell, and buy industrial hemp (cannabis sativa l.) having no more than three-tenths of one percent tetrahydrocannabinol.

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