Introduced by Sen. Kevin Bryant, along with cosponsors Sen. Lee Bright and Sen. Tom Davis, S.0839 passed by a 72-28 vote. The Senate previously passed by the bill a vote of 42-0, and it will now go to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk for a signature.
The bill reads, in part, “It is lawful for an individual to cultivate, produce, or otherwise grow industrial hemp in this State to be used for any lawful purpose, including, but not limited to, the manufacture of industrial hemp products, and scientific, agricultural, or other research related to other lawful applications for industrial hemp.”
Three states – Colorado, Oregon and Vermont – have already passed similar measures. Farmers in southeast Colorado began harvesting the plant in 2013, effectively nullifying federal restrictions. A similar bill passed the Tennessee legislature this year and awaits action from Gov. Haslam."