If passed, HB3011 would effectively nullify the federal ban on hemp cultivation. The West Virginia House joins many other states who are seeking to nullify the federal ban this legislative season.
H.B. 3011 has strong bipartisan support. The bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Manypenny (D), with Reps. Walker (D), Swartzmiller (D), Canterbury (R) and Ambler (R) signed on as co-sponsors.
The bill would allow for farmers to apply for state permits that allow cultivation of industrial hemp.
The preamble of the bill is stated as to allow the state to “remove the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning the production, distribution and sale of industrial hemp prior to being licensed to grow hemp for industrial purposes in the state.”