Richmond, VA: Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation into law last week allowing for the cultivation of industrial hemp in accordance with state-sponsored research programs.
House Bill 1277 and Senate Bill 955 redefine industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity and allow for the plant's cultivation by licensed growers as part of a university-managed research program.
Over 20 states have adopted similar hemp laws. Last year, members of Congress approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill explicitly authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant.
On Saturday, New Mexico lawmakers gave final approval to similar legislation. It now awaits action from Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
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