Missouri has become the first state to specifically authorize hemp production from wild cannabis and the 40th overall state to authorize hemp production.
Missouri’s industry-friendly law also stipulates that hemp can be added to food, a hedge against possible interference from federal drug authorities against foods infused with CBD. Colorado approved a similar law last month.
Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed the law Friday, hours before resigning his office rather than face impeachment for an extramarital affair and a donor scandal.
Missouri’s new hemp law:
- Does not require hemp growers to use certified seeds.
- Allows the Missouri Crop Improvement Association to “collect seeds from wild cannabis plants,” first-of-its-kind language in a state law to account for so-called “ditch weed” already growing throughout Missouri.
- Still allows farmers to import seeds from other states or countries if they wish.
- Limits THC content to 0.3%.
- Requires hemp growers to devote 10-40 acres to hemp if total statewide hemp acreage exceeds 2,000.
- States that hemp can’t be considered an “adulterant” when added to food.
- Requires state agriculture regulators to “explore the option of transporting samples from Missouri to contiguous states” for the purpose of testing for pesticides.
- Allows unlicensed hemp growers to keep their plants if they pay a $500 fine and apply for a hemp license within 30 days.