April 18, 2015

Industrial Hemp Cultivation & Research Bill Filed in Georgia

The Daily Chronic
House Bill 704 was filed earlier this month by Rep. John Pezold (R – Fortson) and House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Chairman Tom McCall (R – Elberton), along with three co-sponsors, including two Democrats.  Because Georgia’s 2015-2016 legislative session is currently in recess, the bill is most likely to be considered when lawmakers reconvene in 2016.

The proposal would establish a pilot program for studying the growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp, as authorized by recent changes to federal law.  The bill was written to be fully compliant with the Federal Agriculture Act of 2014, which allows states to establish such programs.

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