Multiple house bills could pave road for hemp/CBD regulation

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(ARKLAMISS) (4/10/19) – The 2018 Farm Bill broadly legalized hemp across the United States, but crops have not been popping up across the ArkLaMiss. This is because there are state statues that currently prevent that from happening. 

But this could qucikly change as multiple new house bills are being introduced to relax current hemp regulation laws. Three bills in particular would bring the largest changes to the ArkLaMiss. 

House bill 138 would remove hemp from the current definition of marijuana and would make hemp and products derived from hemp easier to get.

The other two, house bills 491 and 597 would help farmers grow and regulate hemp.

Some farmers are unsure as to what this will mean for the the ArkLaMiss due to the lack of infrastructure for hemp cultivation, in addition to its current brand as a specialty crop. But if the legislation is passed, time will tell if the crop will pop up in the ArkLaMiss.

To view the current status of each bill, you can click here:

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillSearch.aspx?sid=19RS

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