A 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.