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Introduced House Bill (H)

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Industrial hemp pilot program. Requires the department of agriculture (department) to promote the expansion of Indiana's industrial hemp industry to the maximum extent permitted by federal law. Allows the department to establish research pilot programs (programs) and license persons to grow, handle, cultivate, process, or market industrial hemp or industrial hemp products. Establishes the industrial hemp commission to provide oversight and adopt rules with respect to plans, policies, rules, fees, and procedures applicable to the administration of the department's programs. Provides for penalties. Allows the director of the department to discontinue the program if certain changes are made in federal Industrial hemp pilot program. Requires the department of agriculture (department) to promote the expansion of Indiana's industrial hemp industry to the maximum extent permitted by federal law. Allows the department to establish research pilot programs (programs) and license persons to grow, handle, cultivate, process, or market industrial hemp or industrial hemp products. Establishes the industrial hemp commission to provide oversight and adopt rules with respect to plans, policies, rules, fees, and procedures applicable to the administration of the department's programs. Provides for penalties. Allows the director of the department to discontinue the program if certain changes are made in federal law. Establishes the industrial hemp research pilot program fund. Provides that the industrial hemp regulations of the department and the state seed commissioner are separate. Provides that the state seed commissioner may issue a license to a grower that produces industrial hemp for commercial purposes in collaboration with an industrial hemp research program conducted by a state educational institution. Makes a technical correction. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on agriculture and natural resources.) ... View more