On February 2, 2017, Rep. Jeni Arndt and Sen. John Cooke introduced HB 17-1148, “Concerning Applications for Registration to Cultivate Industrial Hemp.”
Current law requires persons who wish to cultivate industrial hemp to apply to the department of agriculture for a registration. The bill adds a requirement that applicants to cultivate industrial hemp for commercial purposes provide the names of each officer, director, member, partner, or owner of 10% or more in the entity applying for registration and any person managing or controlling the entity. Applicants for a registration may be denied registration for up to 3 years if any individual or entity listed in the application was previously subject to discipline, or the individual or entity was previously listed by an entity that was subject to discipline. When a registration is suspended, revoked, or relinquished, a new application for registration may be denied for up to 3 years after the effective date of discipline.
The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee. It is scheduled for hearing in committee on February 13, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.