Measure Would Legalize Hemp Farming in Arizona

A ballot measure has been filed to allow large-scale hemp farming in Arizona.

Hemp is the industrial form of cannabis (i.e. marijuana plants).

It is used to make clothing, foods, personal care products and other items.

A Gilbert-based group called HOW Arizona has filed paperwork for a ballot initiative for the 2016 elections. It would allow for industrial hemp farming in the state by permitted and regulated producers. It would allow for hemp farming research grants to administered by the Arizona Department of Agriculture.

Organizers need to collect more than 150,600 valid voter petition signatures by July 2016 to qualify for the ballot.

A federal farm bill approved earlier this year includes provisions allowing for industrial hemp production and research to be done by universities and state agriculture departments.

– Read the entire article at Phoenix Business Journal.