A bill to expand the state’s hemp industry faces dwindling opposition from law enforcement groups after a Senate amendment addressed their concerns.
The amendment alters a section of the bill that would have eliminated THC — the main psychoactive substance in marijuana — from the state’s list of controlled substances for OWIs.
The bipartisan legislation, SB 188, unanimously passed the Senate Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions Committee Tuesday after getting a public hearing in May. The bill aims to align state statute with newly passed federal regulations on hemp.
Supporters of the bill say it would give the state more control over how hemp is regulated as the burgeoning industry continues to grow.
Initially, a handful of law enforcement groups were opposed to the proposal, fearing it would make it easier for residents to drive under the influence of THC. But now they’ve largely switched their positions to neutral. Read the full story here.