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Oklahoma House Authorizes Development Of Commercial Hemp Operations

SB 868 now heads to the Governor’s desk where it’s expected to get signed

State officials are about to roll up their sleeves and plant the seeds needed to get the commercial growing of hemp underway in Oklahoma next year. A bill approved Thursday by Oklahoma’s House of Representatives that’s on its way to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk should help.

The House unanimously approved Senate Bill 868, which directs state officials to develop plans to allow for commercial hemp. State Sen. Lonnie Paxton, an author of the bill, said SB 868 accomplishes a critical step Oklahoma needs to take as it moves from its current pilot program authorized a year ago into a new era.

That new era dawned when Congress approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which legalized the commercial growing and production of hemp in the U.S.


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