Iowa Senate OKs Bill Opening Door to Hemp Production, Marketing

Iowa Senate OKs Bill Opening Door to Hemp Production, Marketing

The measure follows news that the federal government may take up full hemp legalization this year.

April 10, 2018

The production and marketing of industrial hemp would be authorized in Iowa in compliance with federal law under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the Iowa Senate.

The Senate approved Senate File 2398, titled the "Iowa Industrial Hemp Act," on a 49-0 vote, sending the measure to the House.

Supporters of industrial hemp have long touted its production in Iowa. Tens of thousands of acres of hemp were raised in Iowa during World War II. The plant can be used in a wide range of products, including fibers, textiles, paper, construction and insulation materials, cosmetic products, animal feed, food, and beverages.

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See our earlier reporting: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Introduce Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp

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