Alaska Officially Legalizes Hemp

Alaska has legalized the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

After Senate Bill 6 was unanimously approved by the full Alaska Legislature, Governor Bill Walker officially made the bill law by signing it today at a ceremony. The legislative proposal is titled Senate Bill 6

By separating hemp from the legally defined definition of “marijuana”, Senate Bill 6 entirely removes hemp from the state’s controlled substances list. This legalizes it for all purposes, including as an agricultural commodity.  The measure also states that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Alaska now joins at least 34 other states that have passed legislation related to industrial hemp.

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, and can be reached at info@themarijuanaherald.com.

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