Year Passed: 2014, 2018
Summary: House Bill 2238 permits the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. This bill allows for the use of “hemp extract” to treat individuals with epilepsy after receiving the recommendation of a neurologist. Additionally, House Bill 2054 states that industrial hemp is not considered a controlled substance and that it is legal for anyone who has not been convicted of a drug-related offense to cultivate hemp. In 2018, lawmakers approved HB 2034, further amending the state’s hemp licensing program to facilitate the growing, harvesting, and processing of industrial hemp.
Statute: Mo. Rev. Stat. § 261.265 (2014)