Eberhart: House approves industrial hemp bill

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, February 2, 2018 9:30 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a legislative proposal co-authored by State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) that would allow for the production and processing of industrial hemp in Indiana.

“This proposal would allow the production, possession, study, marketing and selling of industrial hemp and industrial hemp products if the hemp was planted, grown and harvested by those licensed by the state,” Eberhart said. “Adherence to the guidelines and framework outlined in the bill would protect a person from any criminal charges.”

According to Eberhart, this legislation defines industrial hemp as a specialty strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant with less than 0.3 percent of THC. The low THC level renders hemp worthless as a recreational drug, but it can be used for various industrial applications such as textiles, building materials and health products.

Eberhart, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said there are countless medical and economic benefits of growing and processing industrial hemp. He said the legislation would authorize and set the framework for an industrial hemp sector in Indiana and help propel the state’s strong economy.

Additionally, the bill would establish an industrial hemp commodities review board under the State Department of Agriculture. The board would gather expert input to inform the department’s rulemaking, licensure and overall regulation of industrial hemp in Indiana.

House Bill 1137 will now move to the Senate for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57, which

includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

 

A high-resolution photo of Eberhart can be downloaded by clicking here.