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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Mark J. Cusack

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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 hemp and hemp products in the commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Adam G. Hinds

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Natalie M. Blais

1st Franklin

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

William J. Driscoll, Jr.

7th Norfolk

Andres X. Vargas

3rd Essex

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

John Barrett, III

1st Berkshire

Patrick Joseph Kearney

4th Plymouth

Lenny Mirra

2nd Essex

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Liz Miranda

5th Suffolk

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

Daniel R. Carey

2nd Hampshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4339        FILED ON: 6/27/2019

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By Mr. Cusack of Braintree, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Mark J. Cusack and others for legislation to further regulate hemp and hemp products.  Cannabis Policy.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to hemp and hemp products in the commonwealth.

 

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 94G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out lines 4-5 and inserting in place thereof the following definition:

“Cannabidiol” or “CBD”, the compound by the same name derived from the hemp variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant.

SECTION 2. Section 1 is hereby further amended striking out lines 49-55 and inserting in place thereof the following definition:

“Hemp”, the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with the federally defined THC level for hemp. Hemp shall be considered an agricultural commodity.

SECTION 3. Section 116 of chapter 128 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the lines 4-12, and inserting in place thereof the following definitions:

“Cannabidiol” or “CBD”, the compound by the same name derived from the hemp variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant. 

“Hemp”, the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with the federally defined THC level for hemp. Hemp shall be considered an agricultural commodity.

“Hemp Products”, all products with the federally defined THC level for hemp derived from, or made by, processing hemp plants or plant parts, that are prepared in a form available for commercial sale, including, but not limited to cosmetics, personal care products, food intended for animal or human consumption, cloth, cordage, fiber, fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, plastics, and any product containing one or more hemp-derived cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol. 

“Industrial Hemp”, the equivalent in all meanings to hemp, as defined in this section.

“Tetrahydrocannabinol” or “THC”, notwithstanding any other provision of the law, the THC that is found in hemp shall not be considered to be THC in qualifying as a controlled substance.

SECTION 4. Chapter 128 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out sections 117-123, and inserting in place thereof the following sections:

Section 117.  (a) Industrial hemp may be planted, grown, harvested, possessed, processed, bought, sold or researched subject to sections 116 to 123, inclusive. The planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing or research of industrial hemp as an agricultural product shall be subject to the supervision and approval of the department pursuant to sections 116 to 123, inclusive.

(b)  A person planting, growing, harvesting, possessing or processing industrial hemp shall: (i) be licensed by the department; and (ii) only acquire hemp seeds from a distributor approved by the department.

(c)  Industrial hemp shall only be used for the following: (i) research purposes; and (ii) commercial purposes.

(d)  No person shall produce or distribute industrial hemp seed without a license issued by the department.

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

(f)  An application for a license issued pursuant to subsection (b) or (d) shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the name and address of any applicants; (ii) the name and address of the industrial hemp operation of the applicant; (iii) the global positioning system coordinates and legal description of the property used for the industrial hemp operation; (iv) the acreage size of the field where the industrial hemp will be grown, if applicable; (v) a written consent allowing the department to conduct both scheduled and random inspections of and around the premises on which the industrial hemp is being sown, grown, harvested, stored and processed; (vi) a nonrefundable application fee in an amount which shall be established by the commissioner; (vii) any other information as may be required pursuant to subsection (e); and (vii) any other information as may be required by the commissioner.

(g)  All documents included in an application for licensure submitted under subsection (f) except for the address of a licensee’s cultivation or production facilities and any documents describing, depicting or otherwise outlining a licensee’s security schematics or global positioning system coordinates, which are considered by the department to be confidential in nature due to their public safety implications, shall be considered public records for the purposes of chapter 66.

Section 118.  (a) After receipt, review and approval of an application for licensure pursuant to section 117, the commissioner may grant an annual license upon issuance of written findings that the requirements of sections 116 to 123, inclusive, have been satisfied and upon the issuance of written findings that issuing the license will be in the best interest of the commonwealth.

(b)  The commissioner shall deny an application for a license filed pursuant to section 117 if the applicant: (i) fails to satisfy the minimum qualifications for licensure pursuant to sections 116 to 123, inclusive; or (ii) for good cause shown.

Section 119.  The commissioner shall suspend, revoke or refuse to renew the license of a person who violates sections 116 to 123, inclusive, following appropriate process in accordance with chapter 30A.

Section 120.  (a) The department and the commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation, administration and enforcement of sections 116 to 123, inclusive. 

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

Section 121.  The department may inspect and have access to the equipment, supplies, records, real property and other information deemed necessary to carry out the department’s duties under sections 116 to 123, inclusive, from a person participating in the planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing, purchasing or researching of hemp, industrial hemp. The department may establish an inspection and testing program to determine delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol levels and ensure compliance with the limits on delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration.

Section 122. (a). Hemp-derived cannabinoids, including CBD, are not considered controlled substances or adulterants.

(b) Products containing one or more hemp-derived cannabinoids, such as CBD, intended for ingestion are to be considered foods, not controlled substances or adulterated products.

(c) Retail sales of hemp products may be conducted when the products and the hemp used in the products were grown and cultivated legally in another state or jurisdiction and meet the same or substantially the same requirements for processing hemp products or growing hemp under the State Hemp Program.

(d) Notwithstanding any other law, derivatives of hemp, including hemp-derived cannabidiol, may be added to cosmetics, personal care products, and products intended for human or animal consumption, and such an addition is not considered an adulteration of such products.

(e) Hemp products may be legally transported across state lines, and exported to foreign nations, consistent with U.S. federal law and the laws of respective foreign nations.

(f) Marijuana, does not include hemp or hemp products as defined in Sec. 116

(g) The THC found in hemp and being within the federally defined THC level for hemp shall not be considered to be THC in qualifying as a controlled substance.

Section 123.  The department may establish civil administrative fines for violations of sections 116 to 123, inclusive. A person aggrieved by the assessment of a fine under this section or a licensure action under section 119  may appeal by filing a notice of appeal with the department not later than 21 days after the receipt of the notice of the fine or licensure action. The adjudicatory hearing shall be conducted in accordance with chapter 30A.