Lawmakers in the state of South Dakota are not wasting any time taking advantage of the newly re-acquired agricultural freedom by introducing a bill to legalize the growth, production, and processing of industrial hemp and derivative products.
The bill, HB1191 is sponsored by a bipartisan roster of more than sixty South Dakota representatives and would allow farmers to apply for a license from the Department of Agriculture to cultivate hemp containing no more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
According to the bill, industrial hemp licenses would be valid for one year before they would need to be renewed, and licensing fees would be capped at $350.
Applicants who have been convicted of a felony involving cannabis or any other state or federally-controlled substance within the past ten years would not be eligible for a license under HB1191.
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee unanimously voted 13-0 on Thursday to pass HB1191 amended; the bill’s next destination is the House floor for a vote.
There are currently no other cannabis-related legalization bills in the South Dakota legislature.