Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Bill Allowing Hemp Cultivation

hempMaine’s Legislature has overwhelmingly voted to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of LD4, a proposal that allows farmers in the state to cultivate industrial hemp without first receiving approval from the federal government.

Last year, Maine lawmakers passed a bill legalizing the cultivation of hemp, but a provision in the measure prevented hemp from being grown before federal law is changed. LD4 removes this barrier, allowing hemp to be cultivated now, without the necessity of a change in federal law. Governor LePage vetoed the measure after passing nearly unanimously in the Legislature, and now the legislature has overridden that veto with a 27 to 6 vote in the Senate, and a 135 to 6 vote in the House of Representatives.

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Maine Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Approve Measure Allowing Hemp Cultivation

Today, with a vote of 9-1, Maine’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee approved a measure explicitly allowing hemp cultivation in the state, even before a federal change takes place. Under current Maine law,kentucky-set-to-be-first-state-to-legalize-hemp-production.si hemp is legal for certain purposes, though the law mandates that an individual can’t receive a license to grow until federal law changes – this measure would remove that requirement, and would allow farmers in the state to begin cultivating hemp this year.

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