Arizona Committee Votes Unanimously to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Arizona’a House Land, Agriculture and Rural Areas Committee has voted unanimously in favor of legislation that would legalize industrial hemp.

The legislation has already been approved by the state’s full Senate, and now needs to be passed by the House of Representatives in order to be sent to Governor Doug Ducey for consideration. Ducey vetoed a similar bill last year, though advocates are hoping that backlash from the move will lead him to consider at least allowing it to become law without his signature.

“It uses nine times less water than cotton,” says Senator Sonny Borrelli (R), the bill’s primary sponsor. “This will help our cotton growers to be able to rotate in another crop. They only get one planting a year of cotton, this can be planted once a year and at least four cuttings”.

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Arizona House Committee Approves Hemp Legalization Bill, Would Explicitly Bypass Federal Law

An Arizona bill to legalize hemp passed a House committee today with a 7 to 1 vote; it’s already passed the full Senate.

Senate Bill 1337 passed the House Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, moving it to the House Appropriations Committee. The measure passed the Senate earlier this month with a 26 to 4 vote.

The proposed law; “Authorizes industrial hemp production, processing, manufacturing, distribution and commerce”, and; “Designates industrial hemp as an agricultural product that is subject to regulation by the Department [of Agriculture]”.

Interestingly the measure “Prohibits the Director from restricting a person from growing industrial hemp based on the legal status of industrial hemp under federal law.”

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