The measure sought to permit state regulators to license farmers to commercially cultivate industrial hemp and sought to regulate certain products derived from hemp, including CBD-infused extracts. In December, Congress enacted legislation descheduling hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids from the federal Controlled Substances Act and making states the primary regulators of the plant.
Governor Noem stated in her veto: "Our state is not yet ready for industrial hemp. … [T]his bill supports a national effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use."
Members of the House voted to successfully override the Governor’s veto, but Senators failed to obtain the two-thirds majority necessary.
For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.