House Bill 2032, a proposal to fully legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp, has received approval from Tennessee’s House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. It now heads to the House Government Operations Committee, where its passage will send it to the full House of Representatives.
The proposed law, introduced by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would make it so that those wanting to cultivate and produce industrial hemp are allowed to do so, given they register with, and receive a license from the Tennessee Department of Argiculture. The proposal would not require federal approval to take effect, and would apply to commercial hemp production, not exclusively for research as it is in states like Kentucky.
According to official projections, House Bill 2032 would result in at least $300,000 in new revenue for the state, while providing farmers with a lucrative new crop to cultivate.