The Nebraska Legislature passed a bill Thursday allowing industrial hemp to be grown for research.
Introduced by Cortland Sen. Norm Wallman, LB 1001 allows postsecondary institutions or the state Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for agricultural or academic research.
The agriculture department is required to develop regulations for industrial hemp cultivation and certify sites where it is grown.
Only plants containing three-tenths percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active, intoxicating ingredient of the cannabis plant, are approved for use.
The bill passed on a 39-2 vote and goes to Gov. Dave Heineman for his signature.
Sen. Tom Hansen of North Platte voted yes. Sens. Russ Karpisek and Beau McCoy voted no.
Under the language of the bill, “hemp may be grown under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research. Sites used for growing or cultivating industrial hemp must be certified by, and registered with, the Department of Agriculture.”