The bill would create a pilot program overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Oklahoma’s higher education institutions, allowing permits to grow hemp.
The state’s narcotics enforcement agency signed off on the bill, said author state Rep. Mickey Dollens, because there will be strict requirements for farmers who grow it. For example, the GPS location of each hemp farm must be logged along with a permit acquired from the Department of Agriculture.
“The purpose of the study is to study the environmental impact and the economic potential of industrial hemp farming in Oklahoma,” said Dollens, D-Oklahoma City. “It’s to be noted that this is federally compliant under the 2014 Farm Act.”