Don’t be surprised if sometime next year you see acres and acres of what appears to be marijuana growing, unfenced, in the desert.
But don’t bother stopping to pick some to smoke.
Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed legislation that authorizes Arizona farmers to grow hemp. Proponents contend that the plant, which can produce things like fibers for clothing and oils for soaps, would give Arizona farmers some new options to make money off something that likely would grow well in the desert environment.
“This bill opens Arizona to the possibility of a new agricultural product,” the governor said in a prepared statement, saying the measure “could have a positive economic impact for the state.”
And it’s only taken nearly two decades to get here.
The issue isn’t so much industrial hemp. Instead it’s the fact that it really is a form of marijuana.
Prior legislation was sidelined amid questions of how law enforcement could differentiate between crops.
The law that takes effect next summer seeks to resolve that two ways.
First, it contains a clear chemical definition of what is not being made legal. That includes anything with a concentration of tetrahydrocannibinol, the psychoactive element of marijuana, of more than 0.3 of a percent. [Read more at tucsan.com]