Annapolis, MD: Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation into law this week permitting academic institutions to cultivate hemp as part of a state-sponsored research project.
Members of the House and Senate had unanimously voted in favor of the measure, House Bill 443.
Twenty-six additional states have enacted similar legislation reclassifying hemp as an agricultural crop and authorizing its cultivation.
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania recently approved a similar proposal to establish “a pilot program to study the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.” Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign the measure into law.
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