04/04/19 -- HCS HB 824 -- Removes several restrictions regarding industrial hemp

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 824
Bill Purpose: 
Removes several restrictions regarding industrial hemp
Date of Vote: 
04/04/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 824, introduced by Representative Rick Francis (Republican - District 145) removes several restrictions regarding industrial help.  Notably, it removes all minimum acreage requirements for cultivation.  This drastically expands the previous "pilot program," mostly in response to industrial help's legalization at the Federal level.  I am very much in favor of the expansion of industrial help, and of course removing government regulations and restrictions on the use of private property are easy points to get behind.

This bill also had an emergency clause, which I also voted in favor of.  Considering Missouri is already behind in the agricultural market for industrial hemp, there is no time to waste letting our residents more easily participate in that market.