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Governor Ducey Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp in Arizona

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By Associated Press

(AP) — Arizona is the latest state to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp.

On Monday afternoon, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation for an industrial hemp bill (SB 1098) that funds a pilot program for growing hemp. The fiber from hemp can be used to create a variety of products like building materials, food, paper and textiles.

Ducey’s office says at least 34 states have passed legislation related to industrial hemp, and that the new industry will benefit Arizona’s economy.

The new law says hemp grown in Arizona cannot contain more than .3% of the psychoactive element THC.

Growers, harvesters, processors and transporters will be required to get a license from the state’s agriculture department. The legislation also spells out penalties for anyone who violates the licensing requirements.

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