And then, there were 50, with the newly codified Idaho hemp legalization.
On Friday, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed House Bill 126, otherwise known as the “Industrial Hemp Research and Development Act.” Similar bills have passed in state legislatures across the country, ultimately earning the eager signature of their respective governors—a trend that was sparked by Congress’ passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. That bill legalized industrial hemp, paving the way for states to exploit what in recent years has emerged as a cash crop.
With Little’s signature on HB 126, that trend finally came to Idaho, which became the 50th state to legalize industrial hemp.
Under the language of the bill, the director of the state’s department of agriculture “must prepare and submit a state plan as expeditiously as possible, but no later than September 1, 2021, to the secretary of agriculture in compliance with the 2018 farm bill and the rules promulgated thereunder.”
“The state plan must be created in consultation with the governor, the director of the Idaho state police, and Idaho’s agricultural industry and must allow for the production, processing, transportation,