Annapolis, Maryland — An industrial hemp bill establishing a four-year pilot program passed the Maryland House of Delegates on March 31 with a 128-8 vote, and unanimously passed the Maryland Senate April 3.
If signed into law by Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D), the pilot program would begin on July 1, 2000. The legislation requires that the state’s secretary of agriculture administer the pilot program in consultation with state and federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, which would have to approve any cultivation plots.
According to the legislation, only state-owned land may be used to cultivate industrial hemp during the duration of the study.
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