27 December 2016

The measure, HB 151, was introduced in the House by Reps. Daniel Itse, J.R. Hoell, and James Spillane; with support in the Senate by Sens. Harold French and John Reagan.

The bill is refreshingly simple – instead of creating a tightly-regulated pilot program, the measure removes hemp from the state’s Controlled Drug Act, which would immediately allow its cultivation in the Granite State. In 2014, the federal government included language in the Farm Bill which allows state Agriculture Departments and universities to grow hemp for research purposes in states that already allow hemp production under state law. Connecticut and Vermont passed similar legislation in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

The bill will be formally introduced on Jan. 4. It was sent to the House Committee on Environment and Agriculture, and is expected due out of that committee by Mar. 3.

HB151

LINK
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?id=306&txtFormat=html&sy=2017

TEXT

HB 151 – AS INTRODUCED

2017 SESSION

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HOUSE BILL 151

AN ACT relative to industrial hemp as a controlled substance.

SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. French, Dist 7

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

ANALYSIS

This bill prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

AN ACT relative to industrial hemp as a controlled substance.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened

1  New Paragraph; Industrial Hemp.  Amend RSA 318-B:1-a by inserting after paragraph VIII the following new paragraph:

IX.  Industrial hemp shall not be designated as a controlled substance.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.