Tennessee Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law After 117 to 2 Vote in Legislature

hemphempLegislation (House Bill 2032) legalizing the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp has been signed into law in Tennessee by Governor Bill Haslam. With 119 members of the state’s legislature voting on the bill, only two members voted “No”.

The new law, introduced by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), allows farmers to cultivate hemp as an agricultural product, so long as they receive a license from the state’s Department of Agriculture. According to official projections, legal hemp cultivation will result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue for the state, while opening up a lucrative new market for farmers.

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Bill to Legalize Hemp Passes Tennessee House Committee

hempHouse Bill 2032, a proposal to fully legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp, has received approval from Tennessee’s House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. It now heads to the House Government Operations Committee, where its passage will send it to the full House of Representatives.

The proposed law, introduced by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would make it so that those wanting to cultivate and produce industrial hemp are allowed to do so, given they register with, and receive a license from the Tennessee Department of Argiculture. The proposal would not require federal approval to take effect, and would apply to commercial hemp production, not exclusively for research as it is in states like Kentucky.

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