Legislation is pending in the House of Representatives and in the Senate to expand the state's industrial hemp research program.
In 2014, lawmakers passed House Bill 2238 which permits the Department of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. Pending legislation this session seeks to expand this program to stimulate hemp cultivation and commerce.
Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed and other products. The crop is commercially cultivated throughout the world.
It is time to allow Missouri farmers the opportunity to explore this emerging market.
Please visit NORML's 'Take Action Center' to contact your House and Senate members and urge their support for these measures.
The NORML Team