March 18, 2015

North Dakota Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Industrial Hemp

The Daily Chronic
The North Dakota state Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to give final approval to a bill authorizing the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state.

The Senate voted 46-1 Monday to approve House Bill 1436, which passed 87-5 in the House last month, sending the bill to the desk of Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

HB 1436 sets up the framework for state agriculture officials to establish a hemp farming program in the state, and eliminates any need for federal approval for the program to begin.  The bill 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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