Hemp bill makes it to SD governor’s desk

Noem Hemp Bill

House Bill 1008 was passed through the Senate just after 10 p.m. Thursday, March 12, on a 30-3 vote.

Noem said she’d approve the bill if it met four “guardrails” that set forth how the state’s hemp program would be regulated, transported, enforced and funded.

The bill includes an emergency clause, which means it would take effect immediately after Noem’s approval.

The state will have to submit a hemp program plan to the United States Department of Agriculture before farmers can attain the state licenses required to grow hemp.

The application review will take at least 60 days.

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