Maine finally legalizes hemp when the legislature overrides governor’s veto.
Since the second World War, Hemp has not been grown legally on American soil for commercial purposes. With a change in Maine law via LD4 in the legislature, Maine has finally legalized the COMMERCIAL production/farming of industrial hemp.
It was a bitter battle getting to this point. Where a bipartisan group of representatives and senators passed this bill and sent it to governor LePage to sign. Governor Paul LePage vetoed the bill, and issued this statement defending his action;
Governor LePage said in a May 8 statement defending his decision to veto the bill, “I simply cannot support inadvertently putting Maine’s hard working farmers at risk of violating federal criminal laws, which is the practical effect of this bill.”
But the legislature quickly overrode the veto with a 2/3s majority. On May 12, the House voted 135-6 to override LaPage’s veto, and one June 16th, the Senate voted 27-6 to over ride the non-sense veto by the governor.
The bill reads;
2. Growing permitted. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy industrial hemp if that person holds a license issued pursuant to subsection 4. A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may plant, grow and harvest only hemp that is grown from seeds acquired from a certified G1 seed source. A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may acquire hemp seeds directly from a certified seed source or from a hemp seed distributor licensed in this State distributing hemp seeds pursuant to subsection 2-A.
An amendment to the bill included an “emergency clause,” which bypasses the normal 90-day waiting period for a law to take effect. The bill notes that “farmers need adequate time to prepare for their upcoming growing seasons,” and supporters wanted to make sure the process moved forward immediately.
While there are some rules that will need to be created by the Department of Agriculture, the sponsors of LD4 expressly included in the measure that all will be “routine technical” rather than “major substantive” rules, and required the commissioner to issue them.
A “major substantive” clause would require approval by the legislature, which would have delayed hemp farming for at least another year. The emergency clause ensures that supporters will have as much time as possible on their side!
This is why my wife and I once again left Idaho to come back to Maine. We are now preparing our land for hemp crops. We hired a forester and we are going to start clearing the land for this pursuit ASAP. We have been sourcing seeds and equipment and we have some great leads. Section 2 of the legislation makes sourcing seeds much easier than previous bills that have passed on this matter; “A person licensed pursuant to subsection 4 may acquire hemp seeds directly from a certified seed source or from a hemp seed distributor licensed in this State distributing hemp seeds pursuant to subsection 2-A.”
The Thompson family will soon be farmers of Industrial Hemp!
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