Missouri Governor Signs Hemp Bill Into Law

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed into law legislation that legalizes industrial hemp.

House Bill 2034 was signed by Governor Greitens roughly a month after it was passed by the Senate in a 29 to 3 vote, and a little over three months after it initially passed the House of Representatives 141 to 4.

According to its official summary; “This bill exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as Cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 0.3% THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, it is legal for any person who has received an industrial hemp license to grow, harvest, cultivate, and process industrial hemp.”

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Missouri Legislature Votes to Legalize Hemp

Missouri’s Senate has approved a bill to legalize industrial hemp, less than a month after the House passed a similar measure. 

Senate Bill 547 was passed yesterday by the Senate in a 29 to 3 vote. A similar measure, House Bill 2034, was passed last month by the House of Representatives in an almost, but not quite unanimous 141 to 4 vote. The two chambers must now reconcile the two bills (or simply pass the measure the other chamber passed) before it can be sent to Governor Eric Greitens for consideration.

According to the official summary of House Bill 2034; “This bill exempts industrial hemp, which is defined as Cannabis sativa L. containing no greater than 0.3% THC, from the definition of marijuana and the list of controlled substances. In addition, it is legal for any person who has received an industrial hemp license to grow, harvest, cultivate, and process industrial hemp.”

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Bill to Legalize Hemp, Explicitly Ignore Federal Law, Filed in Missouri

By Tenth Amendment Center

legalize hempA Missouri bill prefiled for the 2017 legislative session would authorize the commercial farming, production and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying federal prohibition of the same.

Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) filed Senate Bill 120 (SB120) on earlier this month. The legislation would remove industrial hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances and set up a regulatory structure allowing growers to cultivate the crop in the state.

If passed into law, SB120 would reclassify hemp from an illegal substance into an agricultural product under state law. It would also expressly legalize hemp farming. Anyone with a hemp license would be able to grow and produce hemp crops subject to state regulations.

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Legislation to Legalize Hemp Given Approval by Missouri Senate Committee

Sprouting hemp plants.
Sprouting hemp plants.

Missouri’s Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee has given approval to House Bill 2038, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

The measure, introduced by Representative Paul Curtman, would remove hemp as a controlled substance, instead designating it as an agricultural crop. The bill was given approval earlier this month by the state’s House of Representatives with an overwhelming 123 to 29 vote.

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Missouri House Votes to Legalize Hemp

hemp1Missouri’s House of Representatives has passed a measure that would legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp. The vote was 123 to 29, according to the Associated Press.

Under the proposed law – which now heads to the Senate for consideration – the cultivation and production of hemp would be legal, as long as farmers maintain a THC level of no higher than 0.3%. Farmers will also need to be licensed by the state’s Agriculture Department.

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Missouri Bill Filed to Legalize Hemp

missouri bill to legalize hempBy Tenth Amendment Center

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (Dec. 7, 2015) – This week, a bill was prefiled in the Missouri State Senate to authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.

Prefiled on Dec. 1 for introduction during the 2016 legislative session by Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), Senate Bill 584 (SB584) sets up the framework to effectuate a commercial hemp farming program in the state. It reads, in part:

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Hemp and Medical Cannabis Bills Advance in Missouri

By John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis

show-me-cannabis-regulation-missouri-smcrOn Monday, both HB 830, which would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Missouri, and SB 386, which would allow doctors to recommend CBD oil for disorders other than intractable epilepsy, were approved by legislative committees. The hemp bill was voted out of the Senate Agriculture, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources Committee with a do-pass recommendation by a six to one margin. CBD expansion received a unanimous vote and do-pass recommendation from the House Emerging Issues Committee.

Then today, HB 830 was placed on the Senate calendar for third reading! Please call your senator right away and ask them to vote yes on HB 830, the industrial hemp bill. Industrial hemp has enormous economic benefits, the potential to become a major natural resource in Missouri, and will position Missouri as a worldwide leader in agricultural innovation, advancement, and opportunity. Let your senator know you want to help promote Missouri agriculture and allow our farmers the opportunity to diversify their operations and share in a new market opportunity! You can find your senator’s contact information on the Senate website here.

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Missouri Senate Committee Passes Measure to Legalize Hemp

Missouri’s hempSenate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources has passed House Bill 830, a proposal to legalize hemp which has already passed the state’s House of Representatives with a 104 to 41 vote.

House Bill 830 would officially reclassify hemp as a legal agricultural product, and would establish a system of licensing and regulations for those wanting to grow the crop. Hemp would be defined as having no more than 0.3% THC, and the measure explicitly states that a change in federal law – or approval from the federal government – is not required for the state to implement the law.

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Missouri House of Representatives Passes Hemp Legalization Bill

Missouri’sindianahemp House of Representatives has given initial approval to House Bill 830, a proposal to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp. A companion bill, Senate Bill 255, has already been approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources.

If passed into law, House Bill 830 would remove hemp from the state’s list of controlled substance, reclassifying it as a legal agricultural product in the state. The bill would establish a system of licensing and regulations for those wanting to grow the crop, which would be defined as having no more than 0.3% THC. The proposal explicitly states that a change in federal law – or approval from the federal government – will not be required for the state to begin implementation of the law.

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Medical Cannabis and Hemp Legalization Bills Move Forward in Missouri

By Aaron Malin, Show-Me Cannabis

Last week show-me-cannabis-regulation-missouri-smcrwas an excellent one for cannabis legalization efforts in the Missouri legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 255, which allows licensed individuals to grow industrial hemp. Along with HB 830, this bill represents the very real prospect that Missouri could return to its rightful place as a national — or even world — leader in hemp production and processing.

A medical cannabis bill advanced in the House of Representatives, when HB 800 was approved by the House Select Committee on General Laws by a vote of 8-0 on Tuesday. It is extremely encouraging to see how much support there is for medical cannabis legislation in the legislature. However, the flaws in this particular piece of legislation are mounting.

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