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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 117: Industrial hemp; regulation; acquisition of seed

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, selling 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, processing or selling industrial hemp for commercial purposes shall: (i) be licensed by the department pursuant to section 118; 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 considered reasonable by the commissioner.