Arizona: Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into Law

Phoenix, AZ: Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation, SB 1098, into law establishing a pilot program permitting licensed institutions to research the “growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.”

Federal provisions (Section 7606) of the 2014 Farm Act explicitly authorizes states to engage in the state-authorized cultivation of hemp for research purposes. Over three-dozen states have enacted legislation permitting licensed hemp cultivation in a manner that is compliant with federal law.

“This bill opens Arizona to the possibility of a new agricultural product,” Gov. Ducey said. “I’m glad to sign a bill that could have a positive impact for the state.”

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