Industrial hemp seedling being planted with tractor

Missouri House Passes Bill to Legalize Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp is another step closer to being legal in Missouri.

March 16, 2018 - 3:22 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - By an overwhelming margin of 29-to-3, the Missouri Senate has passed a bill legalizing industrial hemp.
Attorney Dan Viets, with the pro-pot group NORMAL, calls this a positive step, but not for those looking to legally smoke marijuana in Missouri.

"It's a very valuable resource; it is very low in THC content; it is not smoked or used by anyone to get high," he says.

Industrial hemp is useful in manufacturing, and while it comes from the same plant as marijuana, it contains very low levels of the psychoactive chemical THC.

"Missouri farmers will have the ability to cultivate a commodity, which is going to have a great deal of value in the near future, and has had in the past," Viets says.

The bill requires people to get a permit from the Agriculture Department to grow hemp.

The measure now heads to the House for consideration, where a similar measure passed on a 141-to-4 vote last month.