A bill to legalize hemp in Nevada has been approved by a key Assembly committee; it’s already passed the full Senate.
The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining gave approval Friday to Senate Bill 396, sending it towards a vote by the full Assembly. Given the measure has already been passed by the Senate (with a unanimous 20 to 0 vote), passage in the Assembly would send it to Governor Brian Sandoval for consideration.
Under current Nevada law, it’s legal for an institution of higher education or the state’s Department of Agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or for other agricultural or academic research. Senate Bill 396 creates “a separate program for the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp and produce agricultural hemp seed in this State”, allowing hemp to be grown for commercial purposes.