Joining California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont in ignoring the federal government’s prohibition against industrial hemp, Senate Bill 396 would undermine the federal prohibition to commercial hemp cultivation in Nevada.
Nevada Senate Bill 396 (S.B. 396) – intended to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the Silver State – has successfully passed the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining.
Now headed to the full Assembly for additional deliberation, S.B. 396 seeks to establish an experimental hemp cultivation program to examine the economic feasibility of growing industrial hemp in Nevada’s high desert.
Additionally, the bill would create a Nevada-based program for the cultivation of industrial hemp seeds.
Passed by a 20-0 vote, the bill’s pilot program would craft a distinct and unrelated hemp cultivation program, separate from the existing agricultural hemp program.
A potential game changer, S.B. 396 could help nullify the current federal prohibition against hemp cultivation.
Senate Bill 396 would modify existing law, which currently permits the Nevada Department of Agriculture or specific institutions that maintain land for agricultural research, to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. Under S.B. 396, Nevada would create distinct licensing programs for cultivators and processors of industrial hemp seed.
“An Act relating to industrial hemp; authorizing the growth and handling of industrial hemp and the production of agricultural hemp seed in certain circumstances,” Senate Bill 396 received approval from the following Nevada legislators:
- Sen. Patricia Spearman (D)
- Sen. Richard Segerblom (D)
- Sen. David Parks (D)
- Sen. Kelvin Atkinson (D)
- Sen. Yvanna Cancela (D)
- Sen. Moises Denis (D)
- Sen. Patricia Farley (R)
- Sen. Aaron Ford (D)
- Sen. Julia Ratti (D)
- Sen. Joyce Woodhouse (D)
- Rep. Chris Brooks (D)
- Rep. Richard Carrillo (D)
As most are aware, the federal government currently obstructs the purchasing of industrial hemp seeds. By snubbing the prerequisite need to seek federal approval first, S.B. 396 would, at least in practice, nullify the federal hemp ban in Nevada.
Potentially throwing off the yoke of federal prohibition, Nevada could soon find itself in a very exclusive club. Joining California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont in ignoring the federal government’s prohibition against industrial hemp, Senate Bill 396 would undermine the federal prohibition to commercial hemp cultivation in Nevada.