MONDAY, March 2, 2020 – The Mississippi Legislature has seen several bills introduced this session to allow for the legal growing and harvesting of industrial hemp. The National Hemp Growers Cooperative has been monitoring the bills and we want to give our supporters an update.
The Commissioner of Agriculture’s office drew up language they felt would allow Mississippi farmers the best opportunity to grow industrial hemp. Their prime interest is in the growing and harvesting of hemp and not regulating hemp processors such as extraction facilities. Nor do they want to regulate hemp-derived products such as CBD oils that are on the shelves of stores all over the state.
The Commissioner’s bill was offered in both the Senate and the House of Representatives and both of the bills have passed their respective Agriculture Committees and are up for passage in their respective bodies. This is known as being on the Senate/House Calendar. Click here for a copy of the House version of the bill.
We have been working with the U.S. Hemp Roundtable to assist us in the best legal language that can make the current bills as advantageous as possible for the industrial hemp industry in the state. The Roundtable’s attorneys and lobbyists are the undisputed leaders in the country and they reviewed the bills and have made some suggestions to strengthen the bills. We have been in dialogue with key leaders about lending their support to incorporate those changes and we will keep our supporters updated as we progress.
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