Proposed Rules On University Researchers’ Hemp Cultivation May Go Too Far, Utah Lawmaker Says

UTAH:  Police would have “complete and unrestricted access” to industrial hemp seeds and plants grown on Utah university campuses for research purposes under proposed rules to implement a new state law.

The administrative rules, which would regulate the implementation of the Industrial Hemp Research Act, “have gone beyond any legislative intent beyond the language, the ink on the paper” of HB105, said Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs.

“I don’t think there’s any provision for that kind of law enforcement involvement in this in the language of the bill,” Madsen told the Utah Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee on Wednesday.

The research act was part of a high-profile bill that established a process and carved out an exemption from prosecution for people who possess and administer hemp extract as a means to control “intractable epilepsy.” The extract has primarily been used in children.