By Anthony Martinelli

Sprouting hemp plants.

Missouri’s Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee has given approval to House Bill 2038, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

The measure, introduced by Representative Paul Curtman, would remove hemp as a controlled substance, instead designating it as an agricultural crop. The bill was given approval earlier this month by the state’s House of Representatives with an overwhelming 123 to 29 vote.

Under the proposed law, those wanting to grow hemp would need to register with the Department of Agriculture, and would be required to maintain a THC level of 0.3% or less on all of their crops.

House Bill 2038 now heads towards a full Senate vote, where its passage will send it to Governor Jay Nixon for final consideration.

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