Some proposed legislation could limit the business model for companies growing cannabis in Montana, restricting them to growing their product exclusively indoors. Proponents of the bill say this law would also protect the state's growing hemp industry.
Senate Bill 209 is not a shock to the cannabis industry. It asks that all commercial cannabis cultivation take place indoors, but lawmakers argue it also protects hemp crops.
"To be defined as hemp, it has to have a .3% THC level to be defined as hemp. If it tests over .3 THC, it becomes cannabis. But they are not cannabis producers, right? They are not licensed to sell cannabis, so they are going to have to plow all that under," Senator Tom Jacobson, from Senate District 11 said.
Supporters say this is a measure to protect both industries. "This is a necessary thing to do. As an agriculturalist myself, and someone who believes it's a new market, but we need to not mess up the market we've built for hemp," Agriculturalist Willie Congdon said.
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