Virginia Governor Signs Hemp Legalization Bills Into Law
House Bill 1277 and Senate Bill 955 would redefine hemp as an agricultural commodity and allow for the plant’s cultivation by licensed growers as part of a university-managed research program.
“Hemp is good for agriculture, it is good for the environment and is good for jobs”, says Delegate Joseph Yost, the bill’s primary sponsor. “[The bill] sets up the necessary framework for Virginia to begin immediately moving forward on researching industrial hemp and eventually moving towards full commercialization.”
Last year federal lawmakers approved a national spending bill which allows for the cultivation of hemp to be legally grown if it’s done as part of state-sanctioned research programs.
Last month Governor McAuliffe signed into law legislation to legalize the use of cannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders.