Oklahoma removes hemp from drug definitions

Oklahoma has taken hemp out of its drug code, becoming the 37th state to allow hemp cultivation.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the hemp law Monday, The Norman Transcript reported.

Under the law, hemp will not be considered marijuana if it doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC and is grown as part of Oklahoma’s hemp pilot program.

It also updates the spelling of “marijuana” from the outdated “marihuana.”

The law takes effect immediately, but the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture must still set license and application fees.

Prospective hemp growers will have to use seeds certified by Oklahoma authorities.

Oklahoma does not limit the end uses for hemp, nor how many farmers may grow the plant.

“This measure could broaden Oklahoma’s economic base and become a steady source of revenue for our state,” said one of the measure’s sponsors, Democratic Rep. Mickey Dollens.