House approves Lucas' industrial hemp bill

House approves Lucas' industrial hemp bill

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, January 31, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives passed State Rep. Jim Lucas’ (R-Seymour) proposal today that would establish a pilot program to study the production and marketing of industrial hemp in Indiana.

“This legislation defines industrial hemp as a specialty strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant with less than 0.3 percent of THC,” Lucas said. “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.”

This proposal would allow the production, possession, scientific study, marketing and commerce of industrial hemp and industrial hemp products if the hemp was planted, grown and harvested by those licensed by the state, or according to the laws and regulations of another state. Adherence to the guidelines and framework outlined in the bill would protect a person from state civil or criminal proceedings.

According to Lucas, 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 will gather expert input to inform the department’s rulemaking, licensure and overall regulation of industrial hemp in Indiana.

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

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

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

Pictured: State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) presents his bill establishing a pilot program to study industrial hemp on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Lucas’ legislation can now be considered by the Senate.