Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Plants-from-hempA bill legalizing hemp has been signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo after being overwhelmingly approved by the state’s legislature with a 97 to 7 vote.

House Bill 8232 makes it so that hemp in Rhode Island “is an agricultural product which may be grown as a crop, produced, possessed, distributed, and commercially traded”. The Department of Business Regulations is tasked with handling licensing and regulations for the new industry.

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Full Rhode Island Legislature Votes to Legalize Hemp with 97 to 7 Vote

hempRhode Island’s full legislature has now passed legislation to explicitly legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

House Bill 8232, which now goes to Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration, states that “Hemp is an agricultural product which may be grown as a crop, produced, possessed, distributed, and commercially traded”. The measure would task the Department of Business Regulations with handling licensed and regulations for the new industry.

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RI: Legislation Allowing Everyone to Grow Hemp Unanimously Passes Legislative Committee

12-11-08hempA bill to legalize the cultivation and production of hemp has been passed unanimously by the Rhode Island House Health, Education and Welfare Committee. The measure, which initially started out as a hemp research bill but was amended to a full hemp legalization bill, now heads towards a vote in the full House of Representatives.

Under the proposed law, those wanting to cultivate hemp would be allowed to do so given they receive a license from the Department of Business Regulation. The licenses would unfortunately have a fairly steep price tag of $2,500, but would be valid for three years.

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Rhode Island House of Representatives Votes to Legalize Hemp

hempfieldRhode Island’s full House of Representatives has voted to legalize industrial hemp through the passage of House Bill 6177.

Introduced by Representative Cale Keable (D-Burrillville) and cosponsored by Representatives Newberry, Price, Blazejewski, and Slater, House Bill 6177 would allow those who register with the state to cultivate and produce industrial hemp, which is defined by the bill as having no more than 1% THC.

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Rhode Island House Committee Votes to Legalize Hemp

hemp_dawn-600x412With 14 to 2 vote, Rhode Island’s House Health, Education and Welfare Committee has voted to pass House Bill 6177, a proposal that would legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp.

Introduced by Representative Cale Keable (D-Burrillville), and cosponsored by Representatives Newberry, Price, Blazejewski, and Slater, House Bill 6177 would allow those who pass a criminal background check to cultivate and produce hemp – including “CBD rich hemp products” – which is defined as having no more than 1% THC.

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