North Dakota Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp

Lawmakers in the North Dakota Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill allowing the farming, processing, and sale of industrial hemp.

House Bill 1436 passed the Senate by a vote of 46-1, with the one dissenting vote coming from Republican Sen. Oley Larsen. The bill passed the House last month by a vote of 87-5, and goes now to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk.

The bill eliminates the need for federal approval for hemp farming in the state and creates a framework allowing the state’s agriculture officials to establish the farming program. In particular, the bill reads: “A license required by this section is not conditioned on or subject to review or approval by the United States drug enforcement agency.”

If Governor Jack Dalrymple doesn’t either sign or veto the bill within three days of its arrival at his office, the bill becomes law automatically.


Photo Credit: Public.Resource.Org

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