The Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee voted 4-1 on Monday afternoon in Jefferson City to approve industrial hemp legislation from veteran State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific.
State Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, cast the lone no vote. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.
Curtman testifies his legislation is an opportunity to introduce “a brand-new economic footprint” to Missouri.
“And doing everything we can to free our farmers, so that way they can grow a product that is already in the market right now,” Curtman says.
His bill would create a pilot program to allow those licensed by the state Department of Agriculture (MDA) to grow, cultivate and market industrial hemp.
“We certainly don’t want Missouri, the Show-Me State, to be the last state in the nation to allow our people to engage in this market and keep Missouri economic development dollars in Missouri,” says Curtman.
The Missouri House approved Curtman’s bill in February by a 141-4 vote.
While the Senate has already approved State Sen. Brian Munzlinger’s, R-Williamstown, industrial hemp legislation, it could be merged with Curtman’s bill.
The main difference between the two is that Curtman’s bill says the Missouri State Highway