Virginia House Votes 98 to 0 to Legalize Hemp

Plants-from-hempYesterday Virginia’s full House of Delegates┬ápassed a bill to legalize the cultivation and production of hemp. The vote was a unanimous 98 to 0.

House Bill 699, introduced by Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-Norge), would end the state’s prohibition on industrial hemp farming, while mandating that the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services ÔÇťadopt regulations as necessary to license persons to grow and process industrial hemp for any purpose.”

In Virginia, thanks to a law passed last year, cultivating hemp for research purposes is legal; HB 699 would expand this to allow cultivating hemp for commercial and personal purposes.

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