Nevada lawmakers have passed a bill to authorize hemp cultivation. The bill will now be sent to Republican Governor Brian Sandoval for final approval.
Senate Bill 305 passed with a 41-0 vote. The measure was approved 19-0 by the Senate in April.
Bill 305 will allow universities and the state Department of Agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes under an agricultural pilot program. Hemp cultivation programs have to be registered and certified by the Department of Agriculture.
The bill defines industrial hemp as cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) on a dry weight basis.
The State Board of Agriculture can begin adopting regulations regarding the licencing and oversight of hemp cultivation once the bill is signed by Gov. Sandoval.
Hemp cultivation can begin as early as January 2016, once the regulations are in place.