Governor Doug Ducey, one of the state’s most aggressive cannabis-legalization opponents, may be ready to make Arizona one of the country’s leading producers of hemp.
The state Legislature passed a far-reaching commercial hemp bill, SB 1098, over the last few weeks of the 2018 session and sent it to Ducey after adjournment on May 4.
If the governor signs it, or if he doesn’t veto it by May 14, Arizona will become the 35th state to make hemp legal under state laws, and the 11th to approve commercial hemp cultivation and sales.
Ducey’s spokesman, Daniel Scarpinato, said on Tuesday he did not have a schedule for when the governor may or may not sign the bill.
Ducey helped raise millions of dollars to defeat an adult-use cannabis ballot measure in 2016. But the bill’s main sponsor and proponent, State Senator Sonny Borrelli, said he doesn’t anticipate a veto.
Like Ducey, the Republican senator from Lake Havasu City opposes adult-use cannabis legalization. But in the past two years, he’s been a tireless supporter of legal hemp, which is a type of cannabis that has no psychoactive properties. [Read more at Phoenix New Times]