HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2069        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3507

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Chris Walsh

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the cultivation of industrial crops.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Leonard Mirra

2nd Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2069        FILED ON: 1/19/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3507

By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3507) of Chris Walsh and others relative to the cultivation of industrial hemp.  Marijuana Policy.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act relative to the cultivation of industrial crops.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 94C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “germination”, in line 213, the following words:- ; provided, further that it does not include industrial hemp as that term is defined in section 116 of chapter 128 

SECTION 2. Chapter 128 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following 6 sections:-                                       

Section 116. As used in sections 116 through section 121, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-

“Commissioner”, the commissioner of the department of agricultural resources.

“Department”, the department of agricultural resources.

“Hemp products”, products made from industrial hemp including, but not limited to, cloth, cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, particle board, plastics, seed, seed meal, seed oil, and certified seed for cultivation if such seeds originate from industrial hemp varieties.

“Industrial hemp”, the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part or derivative of such plant, including seeds of such plant, whether growing or not, that is used exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed), with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

“Person”, a natural person, corporation, association, partnership or other legal entity.                          

Section 117. (a) Industrial hemp as an agricultural product may be planted, grown, harvested, possessed, processed, bought, sold or researched subject to sections 116 through 121.  The planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing, selling or research of industrial hemp as an agricultural product shall subject to the supervision and approval of the department pursuant to sections 116 through 121.

(b) Any person planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing, or selling industrial hemp for commercial purposes shall be licensed by the department pursuant to section 118. Any person planting, growing or harvesting industrial hemp shall only acquire hemp seeds imported from a distributor registered with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. In addition, any United States Department of Agriculture phytosanitary requirements that normally would apply to the importation of plant material will apply to the importation of industrial hemp seed.

(c) Hemp products may be used only for: (1) research purposes; and (2) commercial purposes which are deemed reasonable by the commissioner.

Section 118. (a) No person, other than a person utilizing hemp products for commercial purposes pursuant to subsection (c) or a person utilizing industrial hemp or hemp products for research pursuant to subsection (d), may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, or sell industrial hemp without a license issued by the department.

(b) No person may produce or distribute agricultural hemp seed without a license issued by the department.

(c) Any person utilizing hemp products for commercial purposes shall register with the department.

(d) Any person utilizing industrial hemp or hemp products for research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research shall register with the department.

(e) An application for a license issued pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) shall, without limitation, include the following: (1) the name and address of the applicant or applicants; (2) the name and address of the industrial hemp operation of the applicant; (3) the global positioning system coordinates and legal description of the property used for the industrial hemp operation; (4) the acreage size of the field where the industrial hemp will be grown, if applicable; (5) a written consent allowing a state criminal history background check to be conducted; (6) a written consent allowing the department to conduct scheduled inspections on the premises on which the industrial hemp is being sown, grown, harvested, stored, and processed; (7) a nonrefundable application fee in an amount established by the commissioner; (8) all other information required pursuant to subsection (d); and (9) any other information that may be required by the commissioner.

Section 119. (a) Upon receipt, review and approval of an application for licensure pursuant to section 118, the commissioner may grant an annual license upon issuance of written findings that the requirements of sections 116 through 121 and any regulations promulgated thereunder are satisfied and upon the issuance of written findings that issuing the license will be in the best interests of the commonwealth.

(b) The commissioner shall deny an application for licensure filed pursuant to section 118 if the applicant: (1) fails to satisfy the minimum qualifications for licensure pursuant to sections 116 through 121 and any regulations promulgated thereunder; or (2) for good cause shown.

Section 120. The commissioner shall suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew the license of any person who violates sections 116 through 121 or any regulations promulgated thereunder.

Section 121. (a) The department shall promulgate regulations for the implementation, administration and enforcement of sections 117 through 121 including, without limitation, regulations that: (1) prescribe the method and form of application which an applicant for licensure shall follow and complete before consideration by the department; (2) prescribe the criteria for evaluation of the application for a license; (3) prescribe the information to be furnished by a licensee relating to the licensee’s employees; (4) prescribe the manner and method of collection and payment of assessments and fees and issuance of licenses; (5) prescribe grounds and procedures for the revocation or suspension of a license or registration; (6) establish minimum requirements for employees; (7) require that all employees be properly trained or licensed in their respective professions; (8) establish security procedures for ensuring the safety of licensees and the general public; (9) allow for the industrial hemp to be tested during growth for tetrahydrocannabinol levels; (10) that allow for supervision of the industrial hemp during sowing, growing season, harvest, storage, and processing; (11) prescribe the method and manner for transporting industrial hemp and hemp products in the commonwealth; and (12) establish a registration process for people utilizing industrial hemp or hemp products for research purposes.

(b) The department may, pursuant to section 2 of chapter 30A, promulgate, amend or repeal any regulation promulgated under this chapter as an emergency regulation if such regulation is necessary to protect the interests of the commonwealth in regulating agricultural hemp.