The industrial hemp bill SB 1098 has actually passed the Arizona Legislature and is now headed to Governor Ducey’s desk. SB 1098 would license industrial hemp production, processing, production, circulation and commerce conducted by licensed growers, harvesters, transporters and processors in Arizona.
Governor Ducey, who is widely known for being one of the most anti-marijuana lawmakers in Arizona, has till May 14 to sign or not sign the expense, Phoenix New Times reports. If passed, Arizona would become the 11th state in the United States to permit commercial industrial hemp cultivation and sales.
Ducey has vetoed a previous hemp legalization expense sponsored by Senator Borrelli since that bill didn’t confirm where funding for a hemp program would originate from. This time around, nevertheless, Borrelli believes the hemp bill will pass.
If SB 1098 passes, the Department of Farming would oversee the pilot program and permit hemp cultivation and retail, if allowed by federal law. All industrial hemp must stay under 0.3% THC. A 1 year license would have to be gotten by those that want to cultivate.
In the expense, $750,000 is set aside in state money to run the program, which includes $250,000 for full time employees. The other $500,000 would be used to fund other parts of the program’s costs.
Borrelli stated, “It has to do with rope, not dope. I think it’s good policy. I do think its going to benefit the state [economically]“
Arizona farmers would have the ability to collect hemp at least 4-times every year. It is prepared for that farmers may cut 1,500 pounds of hemp per acre. There is a great deal of open land in the state that can be utilized for hemp cultivation since the plant grows well in many environments.
The hemp plant has lots of usages from food supplements and therapeutic relief to clothes, paper and structure products.