A new industrial hemp bill in Kansas passed yesterday which will create a research program for the industrial hemp plant. Kansas Senate Bill 263 will also plans to differentiate hemp from the definition of cannabis and passed 123-1 .
Farmers and researchers will now be able to grow hemp under the Alternative Crop Research Act, which allows the growth of hemp with or without a state institution. Researchers will analyze optimum soils, growing conditions, seed varieties, harvest and processing methods that are must suitable for Kansas climate.
Kansas adds to the long list of states involved in the research and development of a commercial industrial hemp industry. Popularity of the hemp plant has sky rocketed since the announcement that Senator Mitch McConnell plans to introduce a new bill to congress which would legalize the growth of the plant.