Missouri lawmakers put Hemp in the News again this week, with the passing of Senate Bill 547. This means that Missouri can now set up a hemp pilot program, and selected farmers will be able to grow and produce hemp.
The Department of Agriculture will oversee the production and selling of the crop. The program is the first step towards a new industry that promises economic growth for farmers and businesses.
The other benefit of the bill is that it recognises the distinction between hemp and marijuana, and will protect farmers from the federal laws of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Although hemp is related to marijuana, it is a different strain that contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient.
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