Senator Shelley Hughes first introduced the bill in January. Hughes said farmers in Matanuska-Susitna Borough wanted to grow hemp, as an inexpensive way to feed livestock.
The bill separates hemp from marijuana’s definition and regulations.
“The bill that was passed today defines hemp as a plant that is less than .3 percent THC,” said Senator Hughes. ” So it does not have the psychoactive response and a person could smoke acres and acres and all they would get is a cough and a sore throat. “So there are no psychoactive impacts from hemp so it is now an agriculture crop product and it is not under the marijuana statutes,” said Hughes.
Aaron Ralph, Alaska Cannabis Exchange Owner, has a hemp business in Colorado and wants to bring it to Alaska.”Being able to grow hemp with 50,000 different uses for hemp it is a no-brainer that we can utilize what we are growing here in some form or facet to help benefit Alaska and it’s economy,” said Ralph.
The next the steps will be for Senate Bill 6 to go to Senate for a concurrence vote.
BILL HISTORY/ACTION FOR LEGISLATURE
- CURRENT STATUS
- STATUS DATE
- BILL VERSION
HCS CSSB 6(FIN)(EFD ADD H)
- SHORT TITLE
INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCT.;CANNABIDIOL OIL
SENATORS HUGHES, Bishop, Gardner, Begich
- REPRESENTATIVES Drummond, Kawasaki, Kito, Thompson, Grenn, Gara, Wilson, Sullivan-Leonard, Kopp, Lincoln, Parish, Tarr, Guttenberg, Millett, LeDoux, Josephson, Wool, Tuck
“An Act relating to the regulation and production of industrial hemp; relating to industrial hemp pilot programs; providing that industrial hemp is not included in the definition of ‘marijuana’; providing that cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of ‘hashish oil’; clarifying that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product; and providing for an effective date.”