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Gov. Abbott signs bill HB 1325


Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Monday allowing Texas farmers to grow hemp throughout the state. Hemp contains low levels of the element THC in marijuana. Products made from hemp are legal to sell in Texas, but farmers were prohibited from growing the plant until now. Hemp growing was legalized in the federal level in December 2018. HB 1325 was passed unanimously in the House and Senate before going to the governor’s desk. This bill allows farmers to pay a fee to get a growing license and for testing and inspections as part of a regulatory framework. Local law enforcement would have access to all growing premises. Regulations will have to be developed in order for farmers to start growing hemp in Texas. Then there will be negotiations between the State Department of Agriculture and the federal one. After all of that has been determined the farmers can start planting. The earliest the bill could go into effect would be the 2020 farming season.

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