February 21, 2015

North Dakota House Panel Votes 13-0 to Legalize Hemp Farming, Effectively Nullify Federal Ban

Tenth Amendment
By a unanimous 13-0 vote yesterday, a North Dakota state House committee approved a bill that would authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same.

Introduced by Reps. David Monson and Alan Fehr and Sen. Tom Campbell, House Bill 1436 (HB1436) not only sets up the framework to effectuate a commercial hemp farming program in the state, it expressly rejects any need for federal approval before growing hemp in the state. It reads, in part: “A license required by this section is not conditioned on or subject to review or approval by the United States drug enforcement agency.”

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