New Connecticut Law In Effect July 1 Legalizes Hemp Farming: 1st Step To Nullify Federal Ban In Practice

CONNECTICUT:  July 1 a new law takes effect removing the ban on industrial hemp farming in Connecticut, setting the stage to nullify in practice the federal prohibition on the same.

Introduced by State Reps. Melissa Ziobron (R-34) and Aundré Bumgardner (R-41), House Bill 5780 (HB5780) opens the door for a full-scale commercial hemp market in the state by treating it as any other crop for farming. It passed the House by a vote of 142-2 on June 2, and passed the Senate by a vote of 36-0 on June 3.  It became law without a signature from Gov. Malloy and goes into effect on Wednesday as Public Act 15-202.

The new law removes any mention of industrial hemp from the part of the criminal code that classifies marijuana as a banned controlled substance. From the official summary of the bill:

This bill legalizes industrial hemp by removing it from the state “marijuana” and “cannabis-type substances” definitions, thereby removing its status as a controlled substance. Thus, the bill allows industrial hemp to be grown, used, and sold under state law [emphasis added]

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