Industrial hemp pilot program HB 2913 has unanimously passed the Oklahoma House with a 92-0 vote on March 5th 2018. Click here to view HB 2913. The bill then moved on to the Senate floor as SB1185 and passed easily with a 41-1 vote bringing the Industrial Hemp Industry one step closer for Oklahoma agriculture experts . Click here to view SB1185
This program expands Oklahoma’s agricultural options and creates the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program. Industrial hemp could become a source of steady revenue for Oklahoma and would benefit Oklahoma farmers in a big way.
Under the Agricultural Act of 2014, the Federal government enabled States to begin experimenting with growing hemp as a cash crop. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry will manage the program, which allows universities or farmers contracting with universities to cultivate certified hemp seed for research and development for industrial uses.
“This bill’s passage is a fantastic example of the bipartisanship that can occur inside the Capitol,” said Echols, R-Oklahoma City. “When lawmakers on both sides of the aisle brainstorm creative ways of increasing revenue and expanding our economic resources, Oklahomans reap the rewards.
Oklahomans will have an opportunity to learn more about Industrial Hemp at The 2018 Mid-America Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo, June 1st & 2nd at The Bennet Event Center in OKC. For tickets to this event Click Here.