ACT NO. 212
This act creates a licensing system allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp in Vermont. The act defines industrial hemp as varieties of the plant cannabis sativa having no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In order to secure a license from the secretary to grow industrial hemp, an applicant must submit fingerprints and consent to a background check; a person who has been convicted in Vermont of a felony offense or a comparable offense in another jurisdiction is not eligible for licensure. An applicant must also file the location of all parcels to be sown, certify that the seed to be sown is of a type and variety below the maximum permitted THC concentration, adopt methods to ensure legal production, ensure all parts of plants that do not enter the stream of commerce are disposed of or turned into the soil, and maintain production and sales records for at least three years. Rulemaking authority is given to the secretary to provide for the implementation of the chapter, and it is required that those rules contain provisions allowing for the testing of THC levels during harvest and allowing for supervision during all stages of production.
Effective Date: Upon passage, except 6 V.S.A. § 566 (rulemaking), which become effective if any one of the following three things occur: the Drug Enforcement Administration amends the definition of marijuana for the purposes of the Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Administration amends its interpretation of the current definition of marijuana, or the Drug Enforcement Administration approves or denies a permit to grow industrial hemp by the holder of a license in another state.
The Vermont General Assembly
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