Nevada Senate Bill 396 (S.B. 396) – intended to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the Silver State – has successfully passed the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining.
Now headed to the full Assembly for additional deliberation, S.B. 396 seeks to establish an experimental hemp cultivation program to examine the economic feasibility of growing industrial hemp in Nevada’s high desert.
Additionally, the bill would create a Nevada-based program for the cultivation of industrial hemp seeds.
A potential game changer, S.B. 396 could help nullify the current federal prohibition against hemp cultivation.
Senate Bill 396 would modify existing law, which currently permits the Nevada Department of Agriculture or specific institutions that maintain land for agricultural research, to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. Under S.B. 396, Nevada would create distinct licensing programs for cultivators and processors of industrial hemp seed.