Bill legalizing hemp, CBD oil will be signed into law this morning

WYOMING – The governor will sign a bill today that makes it legal to grow hemp and sell hemp-derived products including CBD oils.

Governor Mark Gordon will sign HB0171/ HEA No. 0110 Hemp, cannabidiol and other controlled substance regulation during a brief formal bill signing ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 10:30am in the Kendrick Gallery, next to the Governor’s Office in Cheyenne.

Nita Maddux was arrested in July 2018 by a Teton County Sheriff’s deputy for possession of CBD oil. (GoFundMe)

The bill passed easily through both houses this past session, though it did need to survive one hiccup on its way to the governor’s desk. The Senate Appropriations Committee threatened to essentially kill the bill by defunding testing of hemp and CBD products to make sure they are under the 0.3 percent THC threshold. That amendment was later overturned.

The bill passed through the House on a 56-3 third reading vote, and through the Senate 26-3.

Hemp production has become a growing industry throughout the US in recent years. Total sales in 2016 are reported to be $688 million.

In July 2018, a woman passing through Jackson was arrested on felony possession charges after cannabidiol (CBD) oil was found on her person during a routine traffic stop. The same product was available for purchase from local supermarkets Lucky’s and Jackson Whole Grocer but later removed.

CBD products were removed from the shelves of Lucky’s after the incident. (Robyn Vincent)

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