Gov. Abbott signs bill allowing Texas farmers to grow hemp

Gov. Abbott signs bill allowing Texas farmers to grow hemp

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill legalizing the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp in Texas this week. Federal changes through the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the list of Schedule I substances, paving the way for states to form state-regulated industrial hemp programs.

House Bill 1325, led by Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville, and Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, allows farmers to grow industrial hemp under a state-regulated program. The