Two bills are up for consideration this session that would allow the growth and production of industrial hemp in the state. The move comes after Congress in December passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the production of hemp on the federal level.
One of the legislature’s two bills, House Bill 1191, received the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee’s unanimous approval on Thursday. But Republican Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday urged lawmakers to table hemp legalization discussion until next year, saying the state “is not ready” for the crop.
Noem declined to say whether she would veto the hemp bills if they passed both chambers, but she said the state should wait until more hemp production guidelines are released…